On Aug. 4, the United States declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and local public health officials are currently monitoring cases of monkeypox in Colorado, the first of which was identified in late May.
The state has reported multiple hospitalizations due to monkeypox but no deaths have been reported thus far.
Monkeypox is a virus in the orthopox family of viruses. Monkeypox is rare, but it can be serious for people who get it. Monkeypox can spread from person to person when someone who has monkeypox has close contact with someone else. Close contact can mean physical contact with the sores, bumps, or lesions of someone who has monkeypox. Close contact includes sex. Monkeypox can also spread through touching the bed linens or clothing of someone who has monkeypox. Monkeypox can also live on other surfaces for some time.
Visit the CDPHE monkeypox resources webpage for more information on:
The CDC is closely tracking cases of monkeypox recently detected in the United States. The CDC urges health care providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Visit the CDC monkeypox page for more information.
Professional Organization Websites
- APIC. Monkeypox in the United States: what you need to know
- British HIV Association (BHIVA). Rapid statement on monkeypox virus
- ESCMID/IDSA. Joint web symposium on monkeypox (May 24, 2022)
- National Emerging Special Pathogens Training & Education Center (NETEC). Monkeypox (various resources)
- ASPR. JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine distribution by jurisdiction
- CDC. Monkeypox and smallpox vaccine guidance
- UK HSA. Monkeypox vaccination
- HHS. HHS announces enhanced strategy to vaccinate and protect at-risk individuals from the current monkeypox outbreak. Jun 28, 2022
- WHO. Vaccines and immunization for monkeypox: interim guidance. Jun 14, 2022