On November 28, 2022, the World Health Organization began using a new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out.
On July 5, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has announced the first case of monkeypox (mpox) in a Connecticut resident. Click here to learn more.
The current mpox situation is rapidly evolving and the information below will be updated as new information emerges. HVHD is working with the State Department of Public Health (CTDPH) on monitoring mpox transmission in the U.S. and Connecticut to ensure rapid identification of cases. The risk of mpox to the public is currently very low based on the information available.
Click here for a Guide to Mpox (Updated 8/17/2022)
Mpox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with mpox virus. Mpox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus (CDC, 2022).
Symptoms of mpox can include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
The virus can spread from person-to-person through:
- direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
- touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
- pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta
Incubation Period: 6 to 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.