If a person has symptoms of mpox, including a rash or lesions, they should call their regular healthcare provider immediately. If they don’t have a healthcare provider, they can search for a free or low-cost primary care provider or visit an urgent care facility.
People who are experiencing symptoms of mpox or have been diagnosed with mpox cannot be vaccinated.
While you’re waiting to be seen, you should do your best to stay away from others. If you have to go out for essential reasons like food shopping and your rash can be completely covered, do a quick trip and avoid others.
The healthcare provider will order a test for the virus. If they send the test to a private lab, the patient may be charged for it. If this test comes back positive, they likely have mpox. That person should talk with their healthcare provider to see if treatment is needed. The Health Department may also contact that person to ask about people that they may have exposed to mpox.
It’s important that some people’s symptoms of mpox are very mild and they might not notice it right away. If you think you may have been exposed and something feels wrong, contact your healthcare provider. You should also consider letting any partners know that you might have mpox, to help protect them.