MPOX (Monkeypox) Information
Information about the MPOX virus in the City of St. Louis
MPOX (formally called monkeypox) is a disease caused by infection with the MPOX virus. MPOX virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. MPOX symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and MPOX is rarely fatal. MPOX is not related to chickenpox.
As of now, there is no treatment for MPOX. However, antiviral medication for smallpox may be used for people who are likely to get severely ill.
City of St. Louis Data as of January 5, 2023
The MPOX virus continues to spread in the St Louis region and the regional local public health departments are working diligently with local clinic partners to provide MPOX vaccinations. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has recently expanded eligibility for MPOX vaccination to include anyone who is likely to be exposed to MPOX (sometimes referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP). The vaccination is a two-dose series, 28 days apart, and helps prevent the spread of MPOX.
Anybody who meets any of the criteria below are now eligible for MPOX vaccine:
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender or nonbinary people who in the past 6 months have had
- A new diagnosis of one or more nationally reportable sexually transmitted diseases (i.e., acute HIV, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) and/or
- More than one sex partner
- People who have had any of the following in the past 6 months:
- Sex at a commercial sex venue
- Sex in association with a large public event in a geographic area where MPOX transmission is occurring (this currently includes the St Louis metro region)
- Sexual partners of people with the above risks
- People who anticipate experiencing the above risks
- People who know one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with MPOX
Vaccines are available at the following locations for those who meet the above criteria. Please bring your insurance card (if you have insurance) and a photo ID to your vaccine appointment. All the locations below will provide vaccination if you do not have insurance.
- Affinia Healthcare
- Call 314-814-8700 to inquire
- Affinia will offer the Monkeypox vaccine on Thursdays 9-11:45 a.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at its midtown location, 2900 Washington Ave.
- SSM Health
- Call 314-955-9600 to schedule vaccination
- Vaccines are available at SSM Health locations in Rock Hill, Florissant, Arnold, and O’Fallon
- Southampton Healthcare
- Please go to their website: https://www.southamptonhealthcare.com/mpx-walk-in
- Southampton Healthcare is located at 2340 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139
MPOX symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection, but sometimes this can extend to three weeks. You may experience the symptoms listed below:
- Muscle pain/Backaches
- Swollen lymph nodes behind ears, on the neck, in the groin area, or in the armpits
Anyone can get MPOX if they come into close contact with an infected person. In the 2022 outbreak, the largest number of cases have been documented in sexual networks among men who have sex with men.
The community should take precautions and limit skin-to-skin contact or intimate contact with anybody who has MPOX.
Spread and Prevention
MPOX is spread through:
- direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
- touching objects, fabrics (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the rash or body fluids of someone with MPOX
- being scratched or bitten by an animal infected with MPOX
MPOX can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
To prevent contracting MPOX, you should avoid:
- Skin-to-skin physical contact and intimate contact with a person with MPOX
- Do not handle, touch, or share utensils, cups, bedding, towels, or clothing of a person diagnosed with MPOX
- Frequent wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
Health Advisory: Severe Manifestations of Monkeypox among People who are Immunocompromised Due to HIV or Other Conditions
During the current outbreak in the U.S., most reported cases of monkeypox with severe manifestations have been among people living with untreated HIV.
News/Announcement | Department of Health | 09/30/2022
Biden-Harris Administration Makes Hundreds of Thousands More Vaccine Doses Available to Support Monkeypox Response
States and jurisdictions to receive twice the allocation previously anticipated under accelerated delivery schedule
Press release | Department of Health | 08/15/2022
Monkeypox Vaccine Distribution Plan Announced
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services designated St. Louis County Department of Public Health as the region’s monkeypox vaccine hub.
Press release | Department of Health | 08/11/2022
White House Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency
The U.S. announcement comes almost a month after the WHO announced monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern.
Press release | Department of Health | 08/05/2022
Probable Case of Monkeypox Being Investigated in the City of St. Louis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified three previous cases of monkeypox in Missouri.
Press release | Department of Health | 07/12/2022
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