Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

Mpox transmission typically requires skin-to-skin contact, direct contact with body fluids, or prolonged face-to-face contact.

Symptoms are similar to smallpox, but less severe. They begin with flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. A rash that can look like pimples or blisters may appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body.

It is rarely fatal. Most people recover in two to four weeks. You can learn more about mpox by clicking here.

How Do I Get Tested?

You can get tested for mpox if you have a new rash and think you may have been exposed to mpox. Your regular doctor can help determine if you need a test. Click here to find public health testing sites in Colorado if you don't have a regular doctor or insurance.

How Do I Get a Vaccine?

If you were exposed to mpox or are at high risk for exposure, you can get a vaccine called Jynneos. You can view eligibility information here.

San Miguel County Public Health has vaccines available for those who qualify. Please call our department to schedule an appointment: 970-728-4289 or email

View other vaccination sites and dates in Colorado here [LINK]