at CDC are tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several
countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
Monkeypox is a disease that can make you sick, including a characteristic
rash, and people often, but not always, have an earlier flu-like illness.
Anyone with a new rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their
healthcare provider, even if they don’t think they had contact with someone
who has monkeypox.
symptoms usually start within 5–21 days of exposure to the virus that causes
monkeypox. The first symptoms might be like the flu, such as fever,
headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or
exhaustion. Some people may not have these initial symptoms. Within 1–5 days
of these flu-like symptoms beginning, people develop a rash, lesions
(bumps), or sores.
rash may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be
on other areas of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, or face.
rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
rash may be painful or itchy.
rash may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus.
monkeypox may experience all or only a few of these symptoms, but most
people will get the rash, lesions (bumps), or sores. Some people have
reported developing the rash before (or without) the flu-like symptoms.