In an effort to be proactive, the University is sharing information so campus community members can protect themselves by learning about mpox (formerly known as monkeypox), its symptoms and the ways the infection spreads.

What You Need to Know

It is important to remember that mpox is rarely fatal and does not spread as easily or rapidly as COVID-19. The current risk of getting it is very low for the general public. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mpox virus spreads through mostly close, intimate contact with someone who has mpox. The way mpox is spread includes:

  • Close, personal or intimate skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact;
  • Direct contact with the mpox rash, pus-filled lesions, scabs, saliva, or body fluids, including respiratory secretions from an infected person; and
  • Touching clothing, bedding, towels, objects or surfaces used by someone with mpox.

You can take steps to prevent getting mpox and lower your risk of infection by adhering to the following guidance:

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a rash or lesions that look like mpox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials used by a person with mpox.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get vaccinated if recommended. Vaccine Locator
    • The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for the prevention of smallpox and mpox. It is the primary vaccine being used in the U.S.
  • If you are in Central of West Africa, avoid contact with animals that can spread mpox virus, usually rodents and primates. See additional information on mpox in animals.

The CDC recommends vaccination for people exposed to the mpox virus as the vaccine can help prevent an infection from developing even after exposure. If you are experiencing any symptoms of mpox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has the virus.

Information is evolving, and guidance may change. Safety and Risk Management will continue to monitor our campus and surrounding community transmission levels and provide updates that are informed by public health guidance.

For more information on local case numbers, symptoms, transmission risk, prevention and treatment, the following resources are available:

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Aug. 4, 2022: mpox – What You Need to Know

Updated: February 01, 2023