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Mpox (monkeypox)

Learn about mpox, who is at risk, and how it spreads.

About mpox

Mpox (previously called monkeypox) is a rare disease caused by the mpox virus. It can infect humans. Mpox infection is usually mild and most people recover on their own after a few weeks. However, some people can get very sick and even die.

Learn more about mpox.

Who is most at risk?

You are at risk if you have close contact with someone who has mpox (for example, you live with the person or have sexual contact with them). You may be at a higher risk of getting very sick if:

  • You have a weak immune system.
  • You are under age 18 years.
  • You are pregnant.

How it spreads

Mpox spreads through close contact with someone who has mpox. It may also spread if you have contact with bedding, sheets, or clothing that touches the rash and has virus on it. The virus enters the body through broken skin or your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Close contact

Contaminated objects

Current as of: June 30, 2023
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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