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Mpox Awareness

We are updating our webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.

Mpox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with mpox virus. Human-to-human transmission of mpox is thought to occur primarily through large respiratory droplets; but, it can also be transmitted by direct contact with body fluids or lesion material and indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated clothing or linens.

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The Department of Defense continues to monitor human-to-human transmission of mpox. While it has not become a widespread threat to our forces, we are committed to the health and safety of our troops both at home and abroad.

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Mpox Education Recommended as U.S. Cases Continue to Rise

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Monkeypox virus

Although mpox is a rare disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages continued vigilance as the number of reported cases in the United States reached approximately 20,000 as of Sept. 6.

Mpox Symptoms


Mpox symptoms

Mpox: Get the Facts

Monkeypox Get the Facts

Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. The CDC and MHS are tracking an outbreak of mpox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report mpox, including the United States. Health care providers are on alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with mpox. If you have a new or unexplained rash, which can look like pimples or blisters and may be itchy or painful reach out to your medical provider for guidance. For more information visit

Mpox: Seeking Care

Monkeypox Seeking Care

Seeking Care for Mpox? Please call 1-800-TRICARE

Mpox Vaccine

Monkeypox Vaccine

If at risk, get vaccinated

Mpox: Do I Need the Vaccine?

Do I need the mpox vaccine?

CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to mpox and people who may be more likely to get mpox. People more likely to get mpox include: People identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with mpox, People who are aware that one of their sexual partners has been diagnosed with mpox recently, People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known mpox, People whose jobs may expose them to the virus (lab techs, etc.) For More information visit:

Mpox Prevention

Prevent Mpox

There are several steps to take to prevent getting or spreading mpox. Avoid sexual contact, kissing or other intimate contact with people who have visible sores. Avoid contact with animals that could carry the virus. Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, which have been in contact with a sick animal or person. Separate infected patients from other people and animals who could be at risk for infection. Wear proper personal protective equipment when caring for infected patients. Wash your hands with soap and water after caring for infected patients. Vaccines for smallpox and mpox might reduce the chances of getting mpox. More information at

Mpox: Stop the Spread

Stop the spread

Stop the Spread of Mpox

Monkeypox Rash

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Last Updated: May 22, 2023
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