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.
- 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.
More on the 2022 Outbreak
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.
Page last reviewed: July 28, 2022