What you need to know about Monkeypox

Updated: 08/12/2022

You may be feeling concerned about the monkeypox virus. We want to assure you that our physicians and staff are well trained to identify and handle infections of all types.

Your health and safety are our primary concerns and keeping you up-to-date on resources available is our top priority. Our organization is working closely with local and state departments of health and the Center for Disease Control to prevent the spread of the virus.

To stay up-to-date on the Monkeypox virus in our county, please visit the Solano Public Health website.

Here are the most important facts to know about monkeypox and how to avoid getting it:

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. According to the California Department of Public Health, the current risk of getting monkeypox in the general public is very low.

How is it spread?

The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox. A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

What are the Symptoms?

Monkeypox might start with symptoms similar to the flu, with fever, low energy, swollen lymph nodes, and general body aches. Within one to three days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the person can develop a rash or sores. The sores will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. They can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful and itchy. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks.

How can I protect myself & my family?

To help protect yourself and your family, the CDC recommends the following steps to prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Wash your hands often.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more ways to protect yourself and others.

Is there a vaccine?

Yes, there is a vaccine for individuals age 18 and up, although the NorthBay Health Primary Care does not have the vaccine at this time. Solano County has a limited number of doses and is prioritizing vaccines for individuals with certain risk factors who have been directly exposed to the monkeypox virus. The county has already held several vaccination clinics. Here are the CDC's vaccine recommendations.

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox?

If you have a new or an unexplained rash or the other associated symptoms of fever, swollen lymph node and/or have been exposed to the monkeypox virus, please schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for an evaluation by calling (707) 646-5500.

To help prevent potential spreading of the virus, please contact your care provider before coming to the office.