Monkeypox is a virus that spreads between people through direct contact with an infectious person that has a rash or scabs, or through bodily fluids. It can also be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, or intimate physical contact such as kissing, cuddling, or intercourse. A person is considered contagious as soon as symptoms develop, and these symptoms can occur 1-2 weeks after exposure.
The primary symptom of Monkeypox is a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, mouth, hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Additional symptoms may include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches
- Back pain
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people that have a rash.
- Don’t share drinks and food with other people.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
- Do not handle clothes, bedding, or towels of someone with Monkeypox.
- A Monkeypox vaccine is available to the public.
Students who have been exposed to Monkeypox or have symptoms should call Student Health Services immediately at 504-865-3326 (available M–F, 8:30–4:45 p.m.). Self-monitoring and isolation protocols are required for Monkeypox. Student Health will review your next steps during your phone consultation.