Search
Close this search box.
Search
Close this search box.

Mpox nearly always spreads by prolonged physical contact with the skin of a person who is sick with the disease. It spreads most efficiently if you have open or crusted monkeypox sores on the skin, but it can also spread through bodily fluids.

A very small number of current cases were spread through either inhaling virus (most commonly in shared housing or healthcare settings) or possibly through clothing or surfaces. Spread in household or healthcare settings is very uncommon.

COVID-19 is still a much more common health threat than mpox in Pierce County. If you take the sorts of precautions that keep COVID risk low (avoiding large gatherings, masking in public settings, good hand hygiene), your risk of catching mpox in the community is very low.