How can I protect myself against monkeypox?

You can reduce your risk by avoiding close contact, including sexual contact, with people who have suspected or confirmed monkeypox. If you need to have close contact with someone who has symptoms, encourage them to self-isolate or cover any skin lesion if they can (with a light bandage or clothing over the rash, for instance). When you are physically close to each other, both of you should wear a medical mask. Avoid skin-to-skin contact
whenever possible and use disposable gloves if you have any direct contact with lesions.

Regularly clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after contactwith the person who is infected, their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they have touched or with which they may have come into contact, or their rash or respiratory secretions (from utensils and dishes, for example). You should wash clothes, towels, bedsheets and eating utensils with warm water and detergent and wear a mask when handling any clothes or bedding. Clean and disinfect any contaminated surfaces and dispose of contaminated waste (such as dressings) appropriately.

Last updated: 12-08-2022