If you are wondering how long Monkeypox will last in the body, according to the CDC it takes about 2 to 4 weeks. 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.
Several signs to stay aware of include, fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and chills. As well as exhaustion, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, and rashes.
Additionally, the CDC states the rash goes through several stages, including scabs, before healing. The rash may look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
Currently, the states with the most monkeypox cases are New York (1,390), California (827), and Illinois (520), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Illinois Governor Pritzker, along with New York’s health department declared state of emergencies.
The New York Health Department also stated, Monkeypox symptoms may not appear for up to 21 days.
“If you have a new or unexpected rash or other symptoms of monkeypox, contact a health care provider,” the New York City Health Department states. “A person is contagious until all sores have healed, and a new layer of skin has formed, which can take two to four weeks.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the declaration for Monkeypox was much needed.
“This emergency declaration brings a necessary, increased focus to the Monkeypox (MPV) outbreak we’re seeing here in Chicago, across our state, and around the country,” she said in a statement.
The vast majority of cases worldwide have been among men who have sex with men, according to the World Health Organization. However, anyone can get it from everyday contact with others, and even with animals, experts say.
The nation’s rising case count – over 5,800 cases as of Monday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows – has many wondering how the disease is spreading.