Signs and Symptoms

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There are several symptoms that can be associated with monkeypox, but not everyone will experience all of them. Most people, however, will develop a rash. Some people will develop a rash before other symptoms, and some will develop other symptoms before the rash. Some people might only develop a rash.

The symptoms of monkeypox can include:
  • Rash
    • Often located on or near the genitals or anus, but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion

Uncommon, but potential symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

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