Mpox, formally known as Monkeypox or MPV, naturally infects small mammals in West and Central Africa. In humans, Mpox will usually cause one or more painful sores, blisters, or rash. It also causes fever and flu-like symptoms in about fifty percent of cases.
Mpox is currently spreading between people primarily through direct skin-to-skin contact with infectious sores or body fluids. Mpox may be transmitted by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, kissing, or sex. Respiratory transmission through brief casual interactions is very unlikely. Mpox may also be spread by material contaminated by Mpox sores, like bedding or clothing. Current evidence suggests that someone is most likely to spread the disease when they have symptoms. It might be possible for someone to spread the disease before they have symptoms.
Find more basic Mpox information on the Washington State Department of Health Mpox page.
Chart last updated: 10/19/2022
This table is updated Monday-Friday as new information becomes available.
How can I get tested for Mpox
RX Mart Pharmacy (300 E. Sunset Dr. Bellingham WA 98225) offers Mpox vaccines Every Tuesday from 12:30-2pm (walk in). Call 360-933-1401 for questions.
Mpox vaccine is being offered at many of the upcoming clinics hosted or co-hosted by Whatcom County Health and Community Services, including at our 2030 Division Street location in Bellingham. These clinics offer no-cost vaccines for those who qualify. Please visit our Immunization Clinics webpage for full details and to register for an appointment.
How many vaccines does Whatcom County have?
Who can get an Mpox vaccine?
CDC recommends vaccination against mpox if:
When you have more vaccine, how will you prioritize who gets it?
If I have Mpox, should I take drugs to help my body fight the virus?
Currently, Rx Mart and Hoagland have TPOXX treatment available by prescription only.