According to the WHO, the monkeypox virus is transmitted through close contact with another infected person, contaminated materials, or an infected animal. With respect to person-to-person spread, the virus can spread face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth, or mouth-to-skin, though possible transmission through the air is not yet well understood.
Symptoms of monkeypox infection include some or all of the following:
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
The incubation period (which is the interval from infection to onset of symptoms) for monkeypox can last up to 21 days. If a person tests positive for monkeypox, the illness can generally last between two and four weeks.
Monkeypox Exposure and Diagnosis
1. If a faculty, staff, or student has Monkeypox, they should not come to campus and should isolate at home until their symptoms have dissipated.
2. If a faculty, staff, or student has had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Monkeypox or exposed to an environment contaminated with the virus, they should monitor themselves closely for monkeypox symptoms for the 21-day incubation period.