First identified in Colorado in May 2022, mpox (formerly referred to as monkeypox) is a virus in the orthopox family of viruses. Mpox is rare, but it can be serious for people who get sick.
Mpox can spread from person to person when someone who has mpox has close contact with someone else. Close contact can mean physical contact with a sick person’s sores, bumps or lesions, including sex. Mpox can also spread through touching the bed linens or clothing of someone who is sick. It can also live on other surfaces for some time.
According to the CDC, mpox has spread in parts of the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. It is endemic in central and west Africa. Recent data suggest people who have recently traveled to a country where mpox has been reported or men who have sex with other men are at heightened risk.
Resources and Preventative Measures
CDPHE Mpox Dashboard: hosts current case counts by county, resources and helpful links.
Testing: Jefferson County Public Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic Phone: (303) 239-7040 Address: 645 Parfet St., Lakewood, CO 80215 (JCPH Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinic is currently only evaluating patients who have a rash.)
Vaccine: CDPHE is hosting a limited number of free vaccine clinics for eligible Coloradans who meet the criteria below. Request a vaccine appointment using this form. Appointment requests will be made available based on our extremely limited vaccine allotment from the federal government.
- Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men aged 18 years and older who have had multiple sexual partners, and/or sexual partners they did not previously know, in the last 14 days.
- Anyone aged 18 years and older who believes they have been in close contact with someone who has mpox in the last 14 days.
- Mpox (CDC)
- Signs and Symptoms: What to look for (includes images)
- Household disinfection following a diagnosis of mpox