Monkeypox is a virus related to smallpox virus and is spread primarily through close contact. Monkeypox can be spread to anyone, and if we all know the facts and work together, we can help to stop the spread of Monkeypox. Please review Monkeypox 101 to get educated on how it spreads and how to keep yourself and our community safe.
What are the Symptoms of Monkeypox?
Symptoms include but are not limited to fever/headache/chills/body aches/fatigue and a rash. Symptoms occur between 4 and 14 days from exposure. The rash usually occurs a few days after the onset of other symptoms. The rash can happen anywhere on the body and looks like fluid or pus-filled blisters. These blisters will scab and fall off over a 2-4 week period.
How is Monkeypox Spread?
- Direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids.
- Respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex.
- Touching objects, fabrics (such as clothing or linens that previously touched the rash or body fluids of someone with monkeypox.
- Being scratched or bitten by an infected animal.
- Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
What Can I Do to Protect Myself?
- Ask partners or those you have close physical contact with whether they have a rash or other symptoms of monkeypox, such as fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or exhaustion.
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox symptoms and those diagnosed with monkeypox.
- Don’t share bedding, towels, clothing, utensils, or cups with a person with symptoms of monkeypox.
If You Think You Might Have Been Exposed
- It can take between 4 and 14 days for symptoms to appear from time of exposure. You are only contagious when you have symptoms.
- Stay home if you feel sick and follow up with your medical provider.
- There is a vaccine available for known exposure and high risk/potential exposure individuals right now.
I’m Experiencing Symptoms – What Now? What About Testing?
- If you start experiencing monkeypox symptoms, even if they are mild, talk to your health care provider immediately.
- If you are a student Student Health Services is her to support you. Please make an appointment on Medicat.
- If you are a faculty or staff member contact your medical provider to be evaluated.
The risk of Monkeypox remains low, but knowledge empowers us all and keeps us healthy.