2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak

What You Need to Know
  • CDC is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.
  • At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current monkeypox outbreak.  However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.
  • You can take steps to prevent getting monkeypox and lower your risk during sex.
  • CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox.
  • If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
  • CDC is urging healthcare providers in the United States to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox.

Map of U.S. cases   U.S. case trends

Multi-National Monkeypox Outbreak Technical Report

This report provides updates regarding CDC’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak and includes preliminary results of new analyses that can improve understanding of the outbreak and inform further scientific inquiry.