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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox, the latest virus to impact the public, is part of the family of viruses that cause Smallpox. Monkeypox is not a new illness and was first recognized in 1958. However, scientists are unsure of the disease's source.


How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox can spread during physical contact with someone carrying the Monkeypox virus. The sickness also spreads through respiratory secretions, including coughing, sneezing, laughing, and talking.


Symptoms of Monkeypox

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion

  • Cough

  • Pimple or blister-like lesions that may be on the genitals, anus, feet, hands, chest, face


Monkeypox Treatments

Currently, there aren’t any treatments for Monkeypox. Severely affected patients will receive Smallpox medications to stop Monkeypox's spread and severe symptoms. The current Smallpox medications are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)




Monkeypox vaccines are only available for those directly exposed or likely to contract the virus quickly. JYNNEOS is the vaccine approved by the FDA for emergency use in those 18 years and older. It is a two-dose vaccine administered to the patient 28 days apart.


Preventing Monkeypox

The CDC recommends three steps to help prevent Monkeypox:

  • Avoid any close contact with anyone with a rash similar to Monkeypox.

  • Never touch items that a person with Monkeypox has used.

  • Wash your hands continually throughout the course of the day.


As more updates become available, you can count on us at Patton Pharmacy V & S Variety to keep you informed.


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