NYC Monkeypox: How to identify symptoms, prevent them, get vaccinated and more

Numerous New Yorkers have tested positive for orthopoxvirus. Officials believe it to be monkeypox.

New York City had 461 reported cases as of July 15.

Although vaccines are now available to the most vulnerable, appointments are still required.

Here are the details from the city’s Health Department.


Contact with someone suffering from Monkeypox can lead to the spread of the virus.

It can also be spread by contact with clothing, bedding, and other items.

Transmission can happen during intimate contact such as cuddling, hugging, kissing, and massage.


Do not have any sex with your partner if you are ill, particularly if you have a new sore or rash.

Avoid kissing or face-to-face contact if you are unable to have sex while sick. Cover all sores with clothing, bandages, or seals, and wash your bedding and hands before and after.

Be aware of the risks. The risk of being exposed can be increased by having sex with or in intimate contact with multiple people or anonymously. The risk of exposure can also be increased by clubs, raves, and saunas.


Symptoms typically appear seven to fourteen days after exposure. However, symptoms can take up to 21 days to manifest.

The most common symptoms are rash-like sores or sores that look similar to pimples and blisters. They can appear anywhere on the body, or in specific areas. They can be very painful and can last up to four weeks.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, swelling of lymph nodes, headache, and tiredness.

What should you do?

Contact a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. You can call 311 or click this if you don’t already have a doctor.

Avoid intimate contact and sex, and try to isolate yourself from other members of your household. Avoid physical contact if you are unable to separate.

Share food, drinks, utensils, or dishes. You should wash your hands often and clean surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs.

Monkeypox is not a specific condition. Most people recover on their own. However, a doctor might prescribe smallpox antivirals.


New Yorkers who are eligible can get the JYNNEOSTM vaccination.

The eligibility criteria have been extended to include any person of any gender or sexual orientation who is at high risk for monkeypox.

The health department recommends that you receive two doses of the vaccine at least four weeks apart. Two weeks after your second dose, you will be fully immune to the vaccine.

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