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WYSK: Monkeypox


What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox (MPV) is a virus that typically presents itself first with a rash, followed by aches, a fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and/or respiratory symptoms. Ninety-nine percent of people who contract the current strain survive, though symptoms may last up to four weeks. Monkeypox usually resolves without treatment and is rarely fatal.

How does monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is spread through skin-to-skin contact, contact with soiled clothing or linens and close contact with someone else’s sneeze or cough. Infection can occur up to 21 days after exposure. Anyone can spread or get monkeypox, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. The current outbreak is spreading mainly through close contact during sex, but monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection.

Are there cases on campus?

As of Sept. 26, no cases of monkeypox have been reported to St. Joe’s. The University of Pittsburgh is the latest college to report a student monkeypox case on Sept. 1. On Sept. 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 485 monkeypox cases in the United States, making the total 25,162 cases. California has the highest case count with 4,886 reported cases, followed by New York (3,881) and Florida (2,455). 

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?

Yes – a monkeypox vaccine called JYNNEOS is available. It is administered in two doses at least four weeks apart. Philadelphia’s vaccine supply is very limited at this time, and vaccine appointments are only being made for highest risk individuals who have been exposed to the virus. So far, 8,186 doses have been administered in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s call center can help determine a person’s eligibility for the vaccine at 215-685-5488. More information about the monkeypox vaccine supply in Philadelphia can be found on the city’s website.

What should I do if I have symptoms or was exposed?

If you start presenting symptoms after being exposed to monkeypox, or are symptomatic and concerned about monkeypox, you should immediately isolate from others and contact your healthcare provider. Students who are feeling unwell are urged to visit one of the health centers for evaluation, referrals and support. In order to gauge the prevalence of monkeypox on campus, it is important for students to communicate with the health centers. Students can schedule a sick visit with their prospective Student Health Center directly on their website.

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