At this time, MPV is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has the virus.
The virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids is another way MPV spreads.
People who do not have MPV symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.
MPV can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.