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Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox is thought to occur primarily through large respiratory droplets; but, it can also be transmitted by direct contact with body fluids or lesion material and indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated clothing or linens.

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The Department of Defense continues to monitor human-to-human transmission of monkeypox. While it has not become a widespread threat to our forces, we are committed to the health and safety of our troops both at home and abroad.

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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The CDC and MHS are tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States. Health care providers are on alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. If you have a new or unexplained rash, which can look like pimples or blisters and may be itchy or painful reach out to your medical provider for guidance. For more information visit https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Health-Readiness/Public-Health/Monkeypox

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There are several steps to take to prevent getting or spreading monkeypox. Avoid sexual contact, kissing or other intimate contact with people who have visible sores. Avoid contact with animals that could carry the virus. Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, which have been in contact with a sick animal or person. Separate infected patients from other people and animals who could be at risk for infection. Wear proper personal protective equipment when caring for infected patients. Wash your hands with soap and water after caring for infected patients. Vaccines for smallpox and monkeypox might reduce the chances of getting monkeypox. More information at https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Health-Readiness/Public-Health/Monkeypox

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CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox. People more likely to get monkeypox include: People identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with monkeypox, People who are aware that one of their sexual partners has been diagnosed with monkeypox recently, People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox, People whose jobs may expose them to the virus (lab techs, etc.) For More information visit: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Health-Readiness/Public-Health/Monkeypox

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