Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

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Monkeypox spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, hugging, massaging, and cuddling. Monkeypox can spread through touching materials used by a person with monkeypox that haven’t been cleaned, such as clothing, towels and bedding. It can also spread by respiratory secretions (talking, coughing, sneezing, breathing) during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact.

Link to CDPH Communications webpage

"Monkeypox is usually a mild disease with symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks. Certain groups of people may be at higher risk for severe disease. These groups include people with weakened immune systems, children under 8 years of age, people with a history of eczema, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding."

Link to CDPH Monkeypox Q&A

It is unknown if pregnant people are more susceptible to monkeypox virus or if infection is more severe in pregnancy. Monkeypox virus can be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy or to the newborn by close contact during and after birth. Adverse pregnancy outcomes, including spontaneous pregnancy loss and stillbirth, have been reported in cases of confirmed monkeypox infection during pregnancy. Preterm delivery and neonatal monkeypox infection have also been reported.  The frequency and risk factors for severity and adverse pregnancy outcomes are not known.

August 2- 6,326 confirmed cases in the US

827 cases in California

8 cases in Sonoma County

CDC Clinical Considerations for People who are Pregnant and Breastfeeding

10 Things to Know About Monkeypox

This resource created by Lippincott NursingCenter includes an easy overview of monkeypox to help with clinical practice and with public education. 

You can find more Resources for Nurses at the link below:

Resources for Nurses

10 Things to Know About Monkeypox

This video is a frank discussion regarding sexual transmission of monkeypox. The video includes safer sex guidelines. Remember that pregnancy does not preclude sexual activity risk factors,

or the potential for other contacts.

We need to ask our clients.

What is monkeypox? What are the symptoms? 

Monkeypox can spread to Anyone through close skin to skin contact, through contact with bedding, towels or clothing, through sexual contact. Anyone can be impacted by monkeypox, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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