5. What to do in case of symptoms

As recommended by the WHO at the end of 2022, the term "mpox" is now being used as a synonym for "monkeypox".

If you have symptoms consistent with mpox :

  • Contact a doctor (GP, hospital...) without delay who will establish the need to carry out or not a test. Report to the doctor any contact or exposure at risk so that he/she can determine whether any protective measures should be taken.
  • While waiting for your doctor's counsel, avoid transmitting the disease to other people - that is to say avoid :
    • Leaving your home,
    • Meeting other people,
    • Going to places where there are many people and where you cannot keep your distance.
  • In all cases:
    • Avoid sharing objects (sheets, linen, dishes)
    • If you have to go out or meet other people: put on a mask and cover the pimples.
Where to get tested?

All doctors and health centres in the canton of Geneva are authorised to carry out tests. If your doctor has recommended that you go to the HUG for a screening, it is best to call 022 372 33 11 to make an appointment or to announce yourself.

Please do not wait to contact a health professional!
The symptoms of mpox can resemble those of other infections, namely syphilis and herpes. While the greatest risk with mpox is passing it on to someone else (as the majority of cases in the current epidemic have mild symptoms), other diseases can be more problematic and should be treated as soon as possible.


Last updated
27 January 2023

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