Mpox visual examples of rash

Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, is a rare disease caused by an Orthopoxvirus. Persons with Mpox typically report having close, sustained physical contact with other people who have Mpox. In the recent global outbreak, persons primarily impacted were gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has Mpox can get the illness. The risk to the general public is low.

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Disease Fact Sheet


  • Rash that looks like pimples or blisters that can occur in the mouth, genital and anal areas, or other parts of the face and body like the hands, feet, and chest.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and backaches
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

Case Counts

South Dakota 2023 Case Count: 0

South Dakota 2022 Case Count: 3

U.S. Case Count (CDC)

CDC Mpox Website: Mpox disease information: symptoms, transmission, and treatment.


Take the following steps to prevent Mpox:

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Mpox
  • Do not handle or touch materials such as bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with Mpox
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

CDC Resources


This material is provided by the South Dakota Department of Health for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical care. We are not able to answer personal medical questions. Please see your health care provider concerning appropriate care, treatment, or other medical advice.

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