Mpox Myths and Facts

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Mpox is a sexually transmitted disease. Mpox is spread through close, direct contact with the lesions, rash, scabs, or certain bodily fluids of someone who has Mpox. This could apply to sexual activity, but it can spread to people in the same household who are in close contact to each other.
Only gay and bisexual men can get Mpox Although Mpox has impacted certain groups more than others, ANYONE who is not immune can get Mpox.
The Mpox vaccine is new     There are currently two Mpox vaccines. ACAM2000 was approved by the FDA in 2007, and JYNNEOS was approved in 2019.
Anyone can get a Mpox vaccine    The vaccine is being distributed to local public health authorities for community vaccination, but because supplies are limited, many communities are only making vaccines available for people who meet certain eligibility criteria. If you would like to find out if you are eligible for the vaccine, please call the Tarrant County Public Health Call Center at 817-248-6299.
Mpox is related to COVID-19    Mpox is not related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They are both viruses, but SARS-CoV-2, a respiratory disease, is a member of the coronavirus family. Mpox and smallpox are members of the Orthopoxvirus genus, which is a completely separate virus group.

Source: M.D, A. S. (2022, August 18). 10 monkeypox myths you shouldn’t believe. Retrieved October 12, 2022, from MD Anderson Cancer Center website.

This page was last modified on December 01, 2022


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