Learn about MPV and where to find vaccination sites throughout northeastern New York
The Alliance for Positive Health maintains our unwavering commitment to the local community and the clients we serve throughout any contagious disease, such as MPV. Please continue to visit this page for the most updates and information as we continue to navigate this crisis.
AFPH offices are now open as follows:
Albany: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Plattsburgh: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
You may visit in person during these times or call the office location or assigned coordinator to schedule a meeting.
- Surgical masks are required for ALL client visits in order to keep them healthy.
- We highly recommend calling the office first if you do not have a scheduled appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About MPV (monkeypox virus)
What is MPV (Monkeypox virus)?
MPV (M-pox) is a virus transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe.
What are the symptoms of MPV?
MPV 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.
- Fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches, and an overwhelming lack of energy. (typically occurring within a week of infection)
- Skin rashes are very common (typically occurring within 1-3 days from first symptoms)
- Highly likely: Face
- Likely: Hands and Feet
- Possibly: Genitalia
- Rarely: Area around the Eyes
- Symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks
NOTE: This is not a complete list. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
What do I do if I have the symptoms?
Call for medical attention immediately.
How long do MPV symptoms last?
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.
A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Some people have been found to have infection but no symptoms. To date, however, there is no evidence that monkeypox spreads from people with no symptoms. CDC will continue to monitor for new or changing information about transmission.
What are the risk factors for MPV?
Those who are chronically ill or have immno-compromised conditions - such as HIV/AIDS are not just at heightened risk of getting diagnosed but having worsened side effects. 40% of all newly reported MPV infections are from people living with HIV/AIDS.
Are there MPV cases in my county?
New York State Department of Health regularly updates this map that shows the number of cases for every county in the state.
Is it Monkeypox, M-Pox, or MPV?
Great question! Monkeypox was originally named because of its first recorded outbreak from a small group of chimpanzees. The jump from animals to humans, specifically in Africa, caused the virus to be designated as Monkeypox. Cases are mild and are seen throughout the continent. As the current outbreak surfaced outside of the region, the WHO (World Health Organization), along with other health agencies, are moving towards non-stigmatized language - MPV or M-pox are currently being used throughout our area.
Recommended information resources for MPV
New York State Department of Health
For updates as they occur,
text MONKEYPOX to 81336 or,
text MONKEYPOXESP to 81336 (se habla espanol)