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Monkeypox: helpful info and resources

We’re all hearing more in the news about monkeypox. Scientists monitoring monkeypox are learning new information each week, so we want to share with you the most up-to-date, trustworthy news and resources for your health. We’re here to help you stay informed and safe, and to make sure you can get care if you need it.

According to medical experts at research institutions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox is a viral infection that causes a skin rash and can make you feel like you have the flu. It is not a new virus—it’s been in circulation for a long time in certain areas around the world. While it is new to the United States, the number of cases here and around the world is very low.


A person with monkeypox can spread the virus to someone else through close or intimate physical contact. Monkeypox is much less contagious than COVID-19, and it is less life-threatening.

Anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. However, many of the reported cases have been among gay or bisexual men, or among men who have sex with men.


Monkeypox can spread through direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. This can include intimate physical contact, such as sex, as well as prolonged face-to-face contact, kissing, or cuddling. It can also spread through fabrics, such as clothing, bedding, or towels, or other objects that previously touched the rash or body fluids of someone with monkeypox.

Because monkeypox is not a new virus, there is already a vaccine for it. The vaccine is distributed by local health departments. Doses are limited, and certain groups of people are being prioritized to receive the vaccine. Experts do not recommend that people at normal risk have the vaccine. Contact your healthcare provider or local health department to find out if you should be vaccinated.


There are effective treatments for people with severe disease. These treatments are being distributed by local health departments in your state.


Public health officials in each state and at the CDC are in the process of educating physicians about monkeypox and how to treat it.

First, educate yourself by reading the latest information from the CDC and your state’s health department. Click here to go to the CDC’s monkeypox page.
If you are unsure of what to do next, call your Bright HealthCare primary care provider (PCP) to talk about your symptoms and treatment options. Your Bright HealthCare plan offers you access to a network of providers and services to make sure you get the care you need.
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