Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever,
  • Headache,
  • Muscle aches and backache,
  • Swollen lymph nodes,
  • Chills,
  • Exhaustion,
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough).
  • A rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

The rash can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

You may experience all or only a few symptoms:

  • Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
  • Most people with monkeypox will get a rash.
  • Some people have developed a rash before (or without) other symptoms.

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