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Monkeypox information

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is caused by a virus similar to the smallpox virus. This virus causes milder symptoms and is rarely fatal.

What are the symptoms?

  • fever
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle aches and backache
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, or cough
  • rash similar to pimples or blisters that may be painful or itchy

How is it spread?

  • direct contact with skin wounds or body fluids of an infected person
  • direct contact with surfaces that have infected body fluids on them (bedding, clothing)
  • rarely through droplets from someone's nose or mouth during prolonged face-to-face contact

How can you protect yourself?

  • avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash that looks like monkeypox
  • avoid contact with objects that a person with monkeypox has used
  • wash your hands often

What should you do if you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms?

  • isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider
  • avoid close contact with others, including household members and pets
  • wear a mask when you are around household members and when you go out of the house

For more information go to: CDC Monkeypox Topics

Monkeypox: What College Students Need to Know 

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