Updated Tuesday August 16, 2022
Salisbury University Student Health Services is currently monitoring the rise of monkeypox cases in the U.S. Currently there are around 200 cases in Maryland. While Monkeypox has spread throughout the United States, the current risk to the general public still remains low. However, it is important to educate yourself about the virus.
Monkeypox - What Is It?
Monkeypox (MPX) is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. MPX is part of the same family of viruses that cause smallpox, however much less severe and rarely fatal. It is not related to chickenpox.
What are the Symptoms of Monkeypox?
- A rash that can be located on/near the genitals as well as the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.
- The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters that may be painful or itchy.
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Muscle Aches
- Fatigue & Exhaustion
- Respiratory symptoms of nasal congestion or cough
- The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks
How Is Monkeypox Spread?
MPX can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
- Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
It is important to note, this virus is less transmissible than chicken pox, measles or even COVID-19.
How do I prevent getting Monkeypox?
Reducing or avoiding close contact behaviors that increase risk of monkeypox exposure. If you or or someone you may have close contact with, has monkeypox or you think you may have monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid close contact or sex of any kind that could result in the exchange of bodily fluids. This would include (oral, anal, vaginal) and kissing or touching one another’s bodies—while you are sick. Especially avoid touching any rash. Do not share things like towels, food utensils, cups, fetish gear, sex toys, and toothbrushes.
Treatment of Monkeypox
There is no cure for monkeypox once exposed and positive. Please use supportive treatments measures such as rest and hydration. Vaccines are currently very limited nationally, we are continuously working in conjunction with our local and state health department as we continue to monitor the virus.
What Should You Do If You Are Exposed to MPX or Experiencing Symptoms?
Please contact Student Health Services, your health care provider or local health department if you are experiencing symptoms or if you have been exposed to MPX. Health care providers can provide testing and care for people who are diagnosed with MPX. Please continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent for continuous updates.
Who Can I Talk to?
We understand that news of a new infectious disease on top of the last few years of the COVID-19 pandemic can be concerning and result in feelings of anxiousness and uncertainty. Campus mental health resources are available to students at the Student Counseling Center or via TimelyCare.
For Additional Information, Please Use The Links Provided Below:
The CDC has a great resource for Frequently Asked Questions please follow this link to view:
CDC - Monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions
Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Monkeypox Resources:
Maryland Department of Health - Human Monkeypox Page
Maryland Department of Health - Monkeypox Resources