This post was updated on November 4th, 2022 at 04:35 PM
- Monkeypox in Colorado
- Frequently asked questions
- UCHealth Visitation policy
- Helpful information for the public
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but are generally milder.
Please call your primary care provider or schedule a Virtual Visit if any of these apply to you:
- Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for, or had symptoms of Monkeypox OR
- Flu-like symptoms accompanied by a rash 1-4 days later OR
- Have a rash (can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy) with or without flu-like symptoms.
To help protect everyone in our facilities, patients, visitors and UCHealth staff must wear a mask at all times, unless eating or drinking, in all public and patient-care areas. People may also want to consider wearing a mask in the community, especially if they have a weakened immune system or are over 60 years old.
How do humans get monkeypox?
To answer your questions about monkeypox, we consulted with Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.