Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral illness that is usually spread from animals to humans. Human-to-human transmission can occur through direct contact with monkeypox sores, bodily fluids, or respiratory droplets, or through contact with contaminated clothing, bedding, or common items. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of Monkeypox typically include a fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion, followed by the development of a rash over a person's body.

Exposure

  • If you have had or think you have had a monkeypox exposure, call 1-888-221-2133 during regular business hours (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | Monday to Friday).
  • After hours and on weekends, please call our on-call service:
    • If you are a Huron resident call 519-482-7077
    • If you are a Perth resident call 1-800-431-2054

Vaccine and eligibility

Based on the Ontario Ministry of Health's guidelines, the monkeypox vaccine Imvamune is available for individuals who are 18 years of age and older, trans or cis-gender individuals who self-identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) community, AND at least one of the following:

  • Identified as a contact of someone who recently tested positive for monkeypox, OR
  • Had two or more sexual partners within the last 21 days, or may be planning to, OR
  • Diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis infection in the past two months, OR
  • Attended bath houses, sex clubs and other venues for sexual contact within the last 21 days or may be planning to. This includes workers and volunteers, OR
  • Had anonymous/casual sex in the last 21 days, for example using an online dating or hookup app, engaging, or planning to, OR
  • Engage in sex work, or planning to (and their sexual contacts)

NOTE:

  • Persons who get the monkeypox vaccine are advised to wait 28 days to get a COVID-19 vaccine

If you meet vaccine eligibility and/or want to talk about whether you meet eligibility, email our HPPH vaccine team. Messages using this form are seen by a public health nurse.

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