Monkeypox is a viral infection that can infect animals and humans and spreads mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.
In May 2022, public health officials began tracking a global outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox. Cases currently appear to be spreading within sexual and social networks, and have been observed among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, the risk of monkeypox is not limited to people who are sexually active or MSM. Anyone can get or pass along monkeypox. BPHC wants to reiterate that stigmatizing people because of a disease is never acceptable. We need to advocate against stigma and discrimination: We are all in this together.
All Boston residents living in the City of Boston who are diagnosed with monkeypox are contacted and followed by the Boston Public Health Commission’s Infectious Diseases Bureau throughout their disease course to provide information and support.
Review the current Monkeypox data.
The Facts About Monkeypox
You can protect yourself and others from getting monkeypox.