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Monkeypox Information

Monkeypox Information

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.  Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. The World Health Organization and the United States have declared it a public health emergency. Recently,  Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County have declared a state of emergency to increase access to public health resources.

For more detailed information, please visit the CDC’s Monkeypox webpage.

  • Monkeypox can infect anyone regardless of age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, but you can take measures to protect yourself
  • Those who suspect they have monkeypox should immediately isolate and contact their healthcare provider.
    • If you believe you were exposed on campus or at a clinical rotation site, please submit an incident report and notify stu-emphealth@westernu.edu.
    • Based on your degree of exposure (Higher, Intermediate, Lower, or No Risk), you will be provided recommendations for monitoring or treatment as needed.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

Symptoms usually begin 5 to 21 days after exposure. The key symptom is a rash.

The rash may:

  • Look like bumps, pimples, blisters, sores, or scabs
  • Be anywhere on the body including on the genitals, anus, mouth, hands, and face.
  • Be in just one area or may spread over the body.
  • Be itchy, or painful (especially if the rash is inside the mouth or anus).

Other symptoms may be flu-like and can appear 1 to 4 days before the rash starts or after the rash starts. These symptoms may include fever/chills, exhaustion, muscle aches, headache, or swollen lymph nodes.

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