Mpox is a rare disease caused by the mpox virus, which is part of the same family of viruses as variola, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox but milder, and mpox is rarely fatal. Most people have a mild illness and recover on their own.
Symptoms of mpox may begin with flu-like symptoms that can include:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Typically, a rash or skin bumps develop within one to three days after the onset of fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body. Recently, additional symptoms have not always occurred before the rash or bumps, if they have occurred at all.
Mpox can look like syphilis, herpes, blisters, or even acne, so it’s important to see a healthcare provider if you develop a new rash or bumps.
Additional resources about mpox can be found at:
What should I do if I think I might have Mpox?
If you suspect you might have mpox, the Mines Student Health Center can conduct testing to confirm the diagnosis.
- Call the Student Health Center at 303-273-3381 to set up a telehealth appointment. Do not walk in.
- Mpox testing is also available through other community healthcare providers. For a full list of testing providers, go to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.
- Cover all parts of the rash with clothing, gloves and/or bandages, and wear a face mask.
The CDC also recommends that anyone with a suspected case of mpox:
- Avoid touching anyone until you have been to the doctor.
- Wash your hands often and try not to touch your eyes.
- If you wear contact lenses, wear glasses instead, if possible, to avoid infecting your eyes.
- Avoid contact with pets and with people who are more likely to get very sick, including children under the age of 8, people who are pregnant, and people with weakened immune systems.
Can I get vaccinated against Mpox?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is currently overseeing the state’s supply of the Jynneos Mpox vaccine. The Student Health Center is not providing mpox vaccination at this time.
Jynneos vaccines are available at locations in the Denver metro area, and there are no longer specific eligibility criteria for mpox vaccine. To find out more information on who should get vaccinated and where to go to get one, visit the website below:
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