Monkeypox information and resources

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus which is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox.

Learn more about Monkeypox from the CDC

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?

Symptoms can include a rash that goes through several stages and may initially look like pimples or blisters. Other symptoms may include the following:

  • Fever, chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches, backache
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Respiratory symptoms

How does Monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, physical, often skin-to-skin contact, including the following:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with Monkeypox.
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with Monkeypox.
  • Intimate and sexual contact A pregnant person can spread the virus to their fetus. It is also possible to get Monkeypox from scratches or bites from infected animals.

How to protect yourself from Monkeypox?

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Monkeypox.
  • Do not share eating utensils, bedding, towels or clothing with a person with symptoms of Monkeypox.

Testing for Monkeypox

If you start experiencing symptoms of Monkeypox, talk to a health care provider. Testing for Monkeypox can be done at the Student Health Center or at other health care or laboratory sites.

Monkeypox vaccination

Although there is a vaccine for Monkeypox, availability is currently limited to those who have been exposed to Monkeypox or who are at high risk of getting Monkeypox.

Vaccination eligibility

  • Direct contact in the past 14 days, or household contact of, known or suspected person with Monkeypox
  • Notification from the Health District Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, and/or transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary, who had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days
  • Individuals who have or had Monkeypox, or have symptoms of Monkeypox, are not eligible for the vaccine at this time. Instead, they should seek testing or treatment from their medical provider.