Monkey Pox Pandemic - CDC Reported Outbreak in Several countries including United States


Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking multiple cases of monkey pox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkey pox. 

It’s not clear how the people were exposed to monkey pox, but early data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up a high number of cases. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkey pox is at risk.

CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkey pox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkey pox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

CDC is working with state and local health officials to identify people who may have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for monkey pox, so they can monitor their health.

What You Should Do

  • Anyone with a rash that looks like monkey pox should talk to their healthcare provider, even if they don’t think they had contact with someone who has monkey pox. People who may be at higher risk might include but are not limited to those who:
  • Had contact with someone who had a rash that looks like monkey pox or someone who was diagnosed with confirmed or probable monkey pox
  • Had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkey pox activity, this includes men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application (“app”), or social event (e.g., a bar or party)
  • Traveled outside the US to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where monkeypox activity has been ongoing
  • Had contact with a dead or live wild animal or exotic pet that exists only in Africa or used a product derived from such animals (e.g., game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.)


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