Monkeypox Information

At Highmark, our mission is to create a remarkable health experience for our members and our communities, and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are monitoring the spread of the monkeypox virus and are working with local health officials in the areas we serve to keep people safe and prepared.

What is Monkeypox?

According to the CDC, 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 like smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?

According to the CDC, people with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and backaches and headache.

Additional resources:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

State Health Departments

 Will Monkeypox testing, treatment and vaccinations be covered by my plan?

Call the telephone number on the back of your insurance card for Member Services. This number is specific to your plan and benefits, and it helps you receive the right answers faster.