Monkeypox Guidance

Monkeypox is a rare disease that can make you sick, including a rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, often with an earlier flu-like illness. Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk, but early data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up a high number of cases. 


In a regional response to Monkeypox, the towns of Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Plainville and Sharon takes seriously any potential threat to the health of the public. We are communicating and coordinating with our local health care partners including Sturdy Memorial and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as well as following CDC’s advice on the matter.

Here are a number of resources including Sturdy Memorial’s page on Monkeypox. 

If you have any Monkeypox symptoms, and especially if you have a rash, it is best to avoid prolonged physical contact with anyone until you are well. IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY IN AND CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

For up-to-date information: 

MA Department of Public Health: Monkeypox |

Center for Disease Control: Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC  

Information about Monkeypox