Updated: August 9, 2022

Monkeypox is a rare disease that can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash. Anyone can get it and can be serious for some people.

In the United States, as of August 9, there are 9,492 confirmed cases of monkeypox. 31 of these cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin, 4 in Appleton.

Stay Informed

Visit the CDC website for the most updated information about monkeypox. 

Signs & Symptoms

  • new, unexplained rash that develops into hard, round, fluid or pus-filled skin lesions
  • fever
  • chills
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • exhaustion

How It Spreads

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels) and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox and have not been disinfected


  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact (sex, hugging, cuddling, massages, etc.) with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox
  • Do not touch the rash/blisters/pimples or scabs of someone with monkeypox
  • Avoid contact with objects & materials (bedding, towels, clothing, utensils, cups, sex toys, toothbrushes) that a person with monkeypox has used


  • The Appleton Health Department has the orthopox vaccine (Jynneos). At this time, vaccinations are limited to only those at high risk.