Updated: 09/22/2022

Monkeypox is a virus that spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, sex, kissing, breathing at very close range, or sharing bedding and clothing. It can be serious and painful, though most cases resolve on their own.

** Having sex or close contact with multiple people can put you at higher risk for monkeypox if it is spreading in the community. **

Monkeypox appears as a distinctive rash or sores on the skin anywhere on the body, especially in the genital area.  It often begins with flu-like symptoms.

>> Demand for vaccine is high, and supply is extremely limited at this time.

Inyo County Public Health is working with the California Department of Public Health and other local healthcare providers to monitor for monkeypox, to provide health education, and to help control the spread of the virus.

Monkeypox - Visual Examples of Rash



Monkeypox often begins as a flu-like illness. It also appears as a distinctive rash or sores or sports that can look like pimples or blisters on the skin anywhere on the body, especially in the genital area. Spots can also be inside the rectum, on fingers, or in the mouth and eyes.

Generally, the spots start as red, flat spots and then become bumps.  Those bumps then become filled with fluid which turns to pus. The bumps are often painful.  The pus bump then breaks and crusts over into a scab. The scabs may be itchy. If bumps are in the rectum, some people have also reported pain or discomfort inside their rectum.

Some people never get a rash.  They may have a fever, swollen glands, or muscle aches.  Some people get a rash and other symptom together. Some get one after the other, and for some people symptoms start with a fever and only two or three spots.

More information about Monkeypox signs and symptoms is available on the CDC's website.


Monkeypox Surveillance Data - Inyo County

As of September 22, 2022, there have been zero (0) cases of monkeypox virus reported among Inyo County residents.


The California Department of Public Health's Monkeypox website provides information on the number of cases of monkeypox in California by County, as well as limited information on demographic groups affected by the virus. Information about cases by state can be found on the CDC's Monkeypox Situational Summary website.



    MPX Vaccine & Information Updates

    Monkeypox (MPX) Vaccine Interest

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