Monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a rare disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus that can affect anyone. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.

Monkeypox does not spread easily to people without close contact. At this time, cases of monkeypox are relatively rare in the United States. People who think they may have been exposed to monkeypox or who have symptoms of monkeypox should consult with a healthcare provider.

The New Jersey Department of Health is working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to quickly identify monkeypox cases and close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and further prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is working with state and local health officials to monitor probable and confirmed cases within the country. 

This page contains some helpful information and links regarding Monkeypox from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.

Rash appears within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body

Learn more about monkeypox symptoms(PDF, 399KB)


Monkeypox can spread through contact with someone with monkeypox as well as contact with objects, clothing, bedding, towels, or surfaces used by someone with monkeypox.

Learn more about monkeypox transmission

How to Avoid the Virus

The CDC website offers additional information on Monkeypox infection and how to avoid being infected.  Learn more.


Risk to the general public is low. Seek medical care immediately if you are concerned you have monkeypox.

Avoid close contact with sick people, including people with skin lesions or genital lesions.

Detailed recommendations from the CDC


Supplies of the monkeypox vaccine are limited in New Jersey.

Learn more eligibility and availability of vaccines


If you have questions about monkeypox, contact your local health department.