Colorado's monkeypox strategy is different than COVID

The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is standing up vaccine clinics for monkeypox.

The state's overall strategy is different than it was for COVID, but some of the hurdles are the same.

"For most people, it's not going to be something they will be worried about," said Dr. Michelle Barron, an infectious disease expert at UCHealth.

Monkeypox is different than COVID in the sense that it's not as contagious.

Barron said the current version of monkeypox circulating in the U.S. tends to cause a rash but not make people severely ill.

Monkeypox right now is in a defined population where we are working with people who are at risk.

"Anyone can potentially be susceptible to monkeypox," said Comstock.

There are eight known cases in Colorado over the last couple months, and one needed to be admitted to the hospital.