Monkeypox information


Transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding etc.) or through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact.

Incubation and symptoms

The incubation period is about 5 to 21 days. About 2 to 4 days after fever develops, a rash with papules and pustules develops most often on the face and chest, but other body areas may eventually be affected, including mucus membranes inside the nose and mouth. The rash is more common on the hands, feet, arms and legs.

Treatment and prevention

There is no proven safe treatment for the monkeypox virus infection; smallpox vaccine, antivirals and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used.

If you suspect a case of monkeypox, please notify the local Medical Health Officer (MHO) and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control Public Health Laboratory (BCCDC-PHL) by calling 604-661-7033.