Monkeypox (hMPXV) is a rare disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus that can affect anyone. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. Monkeypox (hMPXV) does not spread easily to people without close contact. At this time, cases of monkeypox (hMPXV) are relatively rare in the United States. People who think they may have been exposed to monkeypox (hMPXV) or who have symptoms of monkeypox should consult with a healthcare provider.
Anyone can get monkeypox (hMPXV) through close personal contact, regardless of sexual orientation, but many of the people affected so far are men who identify as gay or bisexual.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is working in conjunction with CDC and local health departments, to quickly identify monkeypox (hMPXV) cases and close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and further prevent the spread of disease. CDC is working with state and local health officials to monitor probable and confirmed cases within the country.