Published on August 09, 2022

What you should know about monkeypox (MPX)

What you should know about Monkeypox

Monkeypox (MPX) has quickly spread around the globe, leaving many with questions and concerns about the illness and how it is affecting Monterey County. While MPX is not yet widespread in Monterey County it is important to understand the illness in order to protect ourselves and our community. According to KSBW, Health officials say MPX isn't widespread yet here on the Central Coast, however, there have been multiple cases confirmed in Monterey County.

Many are wondering, where are the vaccines? The Monterey Herald reported on Monterey County's allocation. Vaccines are significantly limited and community members should consult with their doctors if they feel they are at high risk for contracting MPX.

Dr. Martha Blum, director of infection prevention at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, says the virus isn’t comparable to COVID-19 as it takes weeks to develop and is less contagious.

The symptoms start with a flu-like illness, so that’s not very specific, but people will feel feverish and achy. But what is very specific about monkeypox is the rash that often develops after those flu-like symptoms.

— Dr. Martha Blum, director of infection prevention at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

If you have questions about MPX or feel you need to be assessed for MPX, please contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please visit one of our MoGo Urgent Care clinics, located in Marina, Monterey and Carmel.

About the Author

Dr. Blum

Martha Lewis Blum, MD, PhD, is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 2002 and completed her residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at University of California Los Angeles Medical Center... Read more.

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