NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MONKEYPOX (Orthopoxvirus) VIRUS UPDATES
Monkeypox is a contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. There is currently an outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. and other countries where the virus does not usually spread. Cases in NYC are increasing, and there are likely many more cases that have not been diagnosed. Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading through sex and other intimate contact among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender people; gender-nonconforming people; and nonbinary people. People in these social circles who have multiple or anonymous sex partners are at a high risk of exposure. If you have a new or unexpected rash or sores, contact a health care provider.
In the current outbreak, the monkeypox virus is spreading mainly during oral, anal and vaginal sex and other intimate contact, such as rimming, hugging, kissing, biting, cuddling and massage.
The virus can spread through:
- Direct contact with a rash or sores of someone who has the virus
- Contact with clothing, bedding and other items used by a person with monkeypox
- Prolonged face-to-face contact
Experts are currently studying whether the virus can also spread through semen, saliva, feces and other body fluids. People can spread the virus when they have symptoms. Experts are studying whether the virus can spread before symptoms start or after they end.
In the current outbreak, hospitalization and death from monkeypox are rare, but symptoms can still be painful and interfere with daily activities. Symptoms usually start within two weeks of exposure, but in some cases they may not appear for up to 21 days. Symptoms can last for two to four weeks. 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 extremely 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. Complications can include inflammation of the lining of the rectum (proctitis), or sores that could result in scarring of the eye, mouth, anus or urethra.
If you have symptoms of monkeypox, you should see a health care provider for testing. If you do not have a provider, call 311 or search the NYC Health Map. You should only get tested for monkeypox if you are experiencing symptoms.
Testing involves a provider taking a swab of a sore. Only your provider — not the Health Department — can give you the test result. While you are waiting for your test result, which can take a few days, isolate from others.
For the most up-to-date data about monkeypox cases in NYC, visit the Monkeypox Data page.
Vaccine supply remains low. NYC is receiving a limited number of doses from the federal government, and we are making them available to New Yorkers as quickly as possible. Appointments are now available but are expected to fill up quickly. If you are eligible, you can make an appointment by clicking on the button below, or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). For more information please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/monkeypox.page
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CORONA VIRUS UPDATES
As of March 7, 2022, CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, as outlined below, prior to returning to campus. If you are required to isolate or quarantine, you must receive a negative test or doctor’s certification prior to returning to campus.
Test results will be accepted from CUNY testing sites or other licensed test providers.
- Isolation Guidelines if You Test Positive for COVID-19
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
- Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is your first day of symptoms, or the day of your first positive test if you do not develop symptoms).
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- In order to return to CUNY after isolation, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test (we strongly recommend an Antigen test, if available).
- Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
- If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. Following day 10 you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test before returning to CUNY.
- In lieu of a negative test, individuals may provide a doctor’s certification that they have recovered from COVID-19.
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days; if you cannot wear a mask, continue to isolate for 5 days.
- If you have a fever, continue isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- If you were severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
- If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
- Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
COVID-19 Testing Information
There are hundreds of convenient testing sites across the city, as well as mobile testing units visiting different locations throughout the five boroughs. Mobile testing sites are currently only testing people 2 years and up. For more information about testing and locations in New York City please visit:
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Last Updated: 08/04/2022 19:52