from Cleveland State University
August 22, 2022

To our campus community,

As we begin the fall semester, we encourage you to take a few moments to educate yourself about Monkeypox and how you can protect yourself and other members of our Viking community. 

While there are currently only a small number of reported cases in Cuyahoga County, Monkeypox is a viral disease that has been deemed a public health emergency by both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.  

Here are some important things to know:
  • People with monkeypox may experience flu-like symptoms—including fever, headache, fatigue, body aches and swelling of the lymph nodes. Other symptoms may be present.
  • The infection comes with a rash and/or skin lesions on the body and face, though it can present in any localized area (hands, face, mouth, genitals).
  • Symptoms generally present within 1-2 weeks of exposure and resolve within 2-4 weeks.
  • Monkeypox primarily spreads through close contact between people, including skin-to-skin contact; in respiratory droplets exchanged in face-to-face contact, including kissing, and through indirect contact (including towels and toiletries) that have been used by an infected person.
  • If you are experiencing skin lesions, a rash or any of the other related symptoms – or have had close contact with someone infected with monkeypox – contact your primary health care provider and avoid close contact with others.
Our mantra during COVID-19 has been, “If you don’t feel well, please stay home.” That holds true for Monkeypox. Additional information can be found on our Safe Campus website and through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We continue to closely monitor developments with both COVID-19 and Monkeypox. We will keep you updated and adjust our safety measures as needed. Our success in managing COVID-19 was due to your commitment to safe behaviors and continued vigilance. We appreciate your efforts and know you will rise to this new challenge.

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