Positive Impact Health Centers is ready to help keep you safe from monkeypox. We have procedures in place to protect everyone who gets care at one of our three clinical care facilities. If you have symptoms of monkeypox, please call ahead and speak to a clinical care team member before coming to any PIHC site. We all play a role in preserving the health of our fellow patients, families, friends, and healthcare providers.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
- A rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
People can get a rash first before other symptoms. The rash can look like pimples or blisters. It may be painful or itchy. Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. The virus spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.