Monkeypox Update

Monkeypox Update

You may have questions and concerns about monkeypox. UNCSA Health Services is working in coordination with the Forsyth County Health Department, NC DHHS  and the CDC to prevent and respond to monkeypox.  

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rash illness, caused by the monkeypox virus, which can be spread from person to person or from contact with contaminated materials.

What does monkeypox look like?

The monkeypox rash may initially appear like pimples, blisters or raised bumps that may be accompanied by fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

What should a student do if they have symptoms?

If a student is not feeling well, and/or experiences any symptoms of monkeypox, or any other illness, they should not go to class and contact UNCSA Health Services for an appointment with a medical provider.

How long does the illness last?

The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks and is rarely fatal.

Do infected students have to be isolated?

Yes, isolation, is required until the skin lesions have completely healed which typically lasts two-four weeks.  Students are encouraged to isolate at home when possible.

What is UNCSA plan for monkeypox?

UNCSA Health Services has a partnership with Forsyth County Department of Public Health and will be consulting with the health department on any suspected cases of monkeypox to include testing and contact tracing.

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?

The monkeypox vaccine is currently available at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health by appointment only, for high-risk individuals.  

Vaccine appointments can be made by calling 336-703-3100.

Who are considered high risk individuals?

People who have been in close physical contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox.

 Men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who report any of the following in the last 90 days: 

  • Having multiple or anonymous sex partners 
  • Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection 
  • Receiving HIV pre-exposure treatment