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Health Resources and Information About Monkeypox

University Health Services encourages awareness of monkeypox symptoms, treatment, and preventive measures.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease spread through close personal contact, including skin-to-skin. It can cause a rash or sores, and flu-like illness. The disease is rare, but is being increasingly reported in the U.S. and other countries that don't normally have monkeypox cases. Mississippi's first case of monkeypox was identified on July 25. On Aug. 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the ongoing spread of monkeypox virus in the United States a Public Health Emergency (PHE).  

Currently, community spread is not occurring in our area, but University Health Services is keeping in close contact with the Mississippi State Department of Health and providing health services for those who think they may have been exposed. It is important for the campus community to be aware of symptoms, treatment, and preventive measures.  

How is it spread? 

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.  This is normally through direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox. This can extend to objects a positive person has touched such as clothing, bedding, towels, and other surfaces. 

What are some preventative measures? 

  • Everyone should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of monkeypox 
  • Routinely clean commonly used surfaces and items (door knobs, countertops, keyboards, phones, utensils, etc.) 
  • Do not share towels or other linens and wash frequently 
  • Do not touch rash or scabs of others that look like monkeypox 
  • Do not share utensils or cups with others 
  • Encourage hand washing and/or have alcohol-based hand sanitizer easily accessible 

Where can I go for treatment? 

Students, faculty, or staff who develop symptoms, are concerned about exposure, or have general questions should call or schedule an appointment at Student or Employee Health.