We are in the process of updating our website with the term “mpox” to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.

Monkeypox, now recognized by the World Health Organization as “mpox”, is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. That’s why health officials here and around the world are monitoring cases of mpox in areas that do not usually report mpox infections, including in Onondaga County. The first case of mpox in Onondaga County was announced on August 10, 2022. See a summary of cases in New York State here.

It is important to stay informed about mpox and learn about the symptoms, how it spreads, and what to do if you are exposed. Mpox spreads through close, physical contact between people. This means anyone can get mpox. However, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected by mpox more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

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