Mpox is a rare, viral infection that can cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. Symptoms can include rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals, or in other areas, such as hands, feet, chest, or face. It can also cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.
Mpox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals, such as sexual contact. This includes direct contact with sores or rashes. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets or oral fluids. In addition, it can be spread through contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with mpox.
Anyone can get mpox, but gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are at higher risk. People with weakened immune systems, people living with HIV, older adults, and young children also have an elevated risk.
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