About Monkeypox


Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious disease that is caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is from the same family of viruses as the smallpox virus. It is also less severe and transmissible than smallpox. Monkeypox can spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. Monkeypox is typically characterized by a new, unexplained rash that develops into characteristic hard, round, fluid- or pus-filled skin lesions. Other early symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache

The monkeypox rash develops within one to three days after fever. However, some people may experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms. Some people may also only develop a rash. 

We have a limited supply of JYNNEOS (Monkeypox) Vaccine available to those who are eligible. Eligibility criteria can be found at


If you feel you are eligible for the Monkeypox Vaccine, please call the Iowa County Health Department at 608-930-9870 or email to verify eligibility and schedule a vaccine.

Monkeypox Fact Sheet

Monkeypox: Symptom Monitoring

Monkeypox: What Everyone Needs to Know to Prevent the Spread

JYNNEOS Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool

WI DHS Monkeypox

CDC Monkeypox