The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency. Cases have been reported globally with the U.S. leading in the number of cases. Although monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, it spreads through skin-to-skin contact.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions.
- Avoid contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes).
- Avoid eating or preparing meat from wild game (bushmeat) or using products derived from wild animals from Africa (creams, lotions, powders).
- Avoid contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, bedding, or materials used in healthcare settings) or that came into contact with infected animals.