The Biden-Harris Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency, early August.
The declaration came two weeks after the World Health Organization declared it an international health concern.
By declaring a public health emergency, the U.S. can now receive funds from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, adjust insurance claims and make other legal adjustments to control the spread of the disease.
Monkeypox is a highly contagious disease similar to smallpox. At this time, the CDC is suggesting that Imvamune or Imvanex, two smallpox vaccines, may prevent monkeypox. The center reported it is 85% effective in preventing the disease.
According to the CDC, symptoms include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a painful rash. The rash may come before or after the Flu-like symptoms between two to three weeks after exposure. The disease can last between three to four weeks.
To prevent the spread of the disease, avoid close skin-to-skin contact such as hugging, kissing, sexual intercourse with those with visible rashes. Continue to wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
While on campus, avoid in-door activities and parties with close contacts, especially those with exposed skin.
If caring or sharing a space with someone with monkeypox, wear a mask, gloves and a full gown when in close contact.
If you suspect you have monkeypox, please seek medical attention as soon as possible. Wear a mask, avoid close contact and cover any exposed rashes. If you have a confirmed case, please isolate yourself to prevent spreading the disease.
Students should be aware and adhere to their university/college’s monkeypox procedures.