Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox.

Idaho situation—case counts and vaccine doses

Geography

Number of cases reported

Vaccine doses provided to the local public health districts*

Statewide

8

1,060

PHD1

0

100

PHD2

0

40

PHD3

0

146

PHD4

7

484

PHD5

0

70

PHD6

0

100

PHD7

1

80

Case counts and vaccine dose data will be updated each Tuesday and Friday by 3 p.m.

* Statewide doses include 40 DHW reserve doses. The amount of vaccine available for states to order from the federal government is based on how many cases have been reported in the state and an estimate of how many people living in the state might be at risk of infection. Idaho currently has enough vaccine to vaccinate close contacts of people with monkeypox, and in some cases, can provide doses to people at high risk of exposure. If the vaccine is received soon enough after exposure, it may prevent symptoms. Idaho is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national vaccine strategy. CDC recommends vaccine for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who might be more likely to get monkeypox.

U.S. monkeypox outbreak

See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about monkeypox and the outbreak in the United States. Monkeypox can be prevented.

In the current outbreak, hospitalization and death from monkeypox are rare, but symptoms can be painful and affect daily activities. 

symptoms

The most common symptom is a rash or sores that can look like pimples or blisters. These may be all over the body or just in certain parts, such as the face, hands or feet, as well as on or inside the mouth, genitals or anus. The rash and sores can be very itchy and painful, and sores in the anus or urethra can make it hard to go to the bathroom. Some people also have flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and tiredness.

People more likely to get monkeypox include:

  • People who have been exposed to a person with monkeypox
  • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox
  • People who have jobs that could expose them to the virus that causes monkeypox, such as laboratory workers who handle or test samples for monkeypox and certain healthcare or public health workers

Testing

If you have symptoms of monkeypox, you should see a health care provider for testing. If you do not have a provider, contact your local public health district. Testing for monkeypox is available when ordered through healthcare providers.  

    Monkeypox in the U.S.
    Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about monkeypox and the outbreak in the United States.