Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
To help update the community during a current outbreak in the United States, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has created a page with general information about monkeypox, including updates on vaccine clinics. It can be found here: Monkeypox General Information.