Understanding Monkeypox and Its Symptoms
- A rash that looks like clear or pus-filled bumps
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- It is primarily spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, such as through intimate sexual contact.
- It can also spread through sharing personal items – such as towels, bedding or clothing – that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- You may also contract it through prolonged exposure to respiratory secretions from an infected person, such as through hugging, kissing or sex.
- Additional information about transmission is available on the CDC website.
Can monkeypox be spread through casual contact, such as walking past someone or sitting in the same room as someone with the virus?
- Contact your healthcare provider. Students may contact the Student Health Center or their primary healthcare provider. Employees should contact their primary healthcare provider.
- Get tested. Your healthcare provider will provide testing for Monkeypox if appropriate.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccinations are helpful even after exposure. More information is available through Mecklenburg County Public Health or the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Prevention, Testing and Vaccination
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with anyone who is displaying skin lesions that look like monkeypox. This includes hugging, kissing or other sexual contact.
- Avoid using the eating utensils or drinking after someone who is displaying symptoms of monkeypox.
- Do not use the towels, bedding or clothing of someone with monkeypox.
- Do not attend gatherings where attendees wear little clothing and there is a high probability of skin-to-skin contact.
- Washing or sanitizing your hands often helps prevent the spread of all germs, including the monkeypox virus.
- Visit the CDC website for additional information on lowering your risk of contracting the virus.
- There is no evidence that wearing a face mask is necessary to prevent the spread of monkeypox in most situations. Monkeypox is most often spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact.
- However, anyone with monkeypox should wear a mask when around others, and anyone living with someone who has monkeypox should wear a mask when around the ill individual. More information on precautions for household members of individuals with monkeypox is available on the CDC website.
- Students should contact the Student Health Center or their primary healthcare provider for an evaluation to determine if testing is necessary.
- Employees should contact their primary healthcare provider for an evaluation to determine if testing is necessary.
If you are diagnosed with monkeypox, you will need to isolate until your rash is completely healed, and you should follow all protocols outlined by the CDC.
If you are identified by public health officials as a close contact of someone with monkeypox, you will not have to quarantine, but you will be advised to closely monitor your symptoms for up to 21 days. If you develop symptoms, you will need to isolate
You should follow the instructions of your medical provider.
- Students, return home to isolate if at all possible. If that is not possible, you should isolate in place. Do not attend class or work. Additional information about notifying your professors about your absence is found in the “Student information” section below.
- Employees, isolate at home. Do not come to work. Additional information about notifying your supervisor about your absence is found in the “Employee information” section below.
Please review the CDC’s full isolation and cleaning instructions for monkeypox.
Campus Information, Reporting and Contact Tracing
Will there be any operational changes, like adjustments to gathering sizes or mask requirements, because of monkeypox?
Do I need to report that I have monkeypox to the University or will my healthcare provider notify the University?
COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease. During the global pandemic, UNC Charlotte assumed primary responsibility for identification of and contact tracing for all members of the campus community who tested positive for COVID-19 because Mecklenburg County Public Health was so overtaxed. It was an extraordinary situation.
Monkeypox remains a rare disease that is being managed primarily by local health officials.
Keeping You Updated
UNC Charlotte will continue to keep you updated about monkeypox and other health and safety measures through Niner Insider and the Niner Nation Cares website.