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DePauw University and the DePauw Health Wellness Center medical staff continue to monitor data regarding monkeypox from the CDC as well as state and local public health officials. The information on this page will be updated periodically to reflect current guidance as we focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff members. 

 As a community, we are committed to supporting each of our members – students, faculty and staff – with dignity and respect in the delivery of information, services and support. 

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

How does it spread?

Monkeypox spreads in a few ways via close contact, intimate contact and infected animals. A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. 

What are the symptoms?

• People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.

• The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

• The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

• Other symptoms of monkeypox can include: Fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and  backache, headache.

• Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion or cough).

For more details, visit the CDC's signs and symptoms webpage

For students:
If you are experiencing symptoms and need medical care, you may contact DePauw Health Wellness Center by calling 765-658-4555; Prompt Care at Putnam County Hospital; or Hendricks Regional Health.

What can I do to protect myself?

• Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms of monkeypox, such as fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills or exhaustion.

• Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox symptoms and those diagnosed with monkeypox.

• Don’t share bedding, towels, clothing, utensils or cups with a person with symptoms of monkeypox.

Is there a vaccine?

• Yes, but supplies are limited. Indiana has only been allocated a small amount meant to be used primarily to treat people who have been a close contact of a case to prevent severe disease.

• If you are a close contact of a confirmed monkeypox case, please reach out to DePauw Health.

• If you would like to be notified when more vaccine is available, please click this link.

Where can I get more information?

The CDC has a large quantity of information available specifically for institutions of higher education including education for students, prevention practices and disinfecting spaces.