Monkeypox is a rare viral infection spread mainly through close, rather than casual, contactIt can cause a rash that looks like bumps, blisters, or ulcers. Some people have flu-like illnesses before the rash develops. If you believe you have been exposed, you should avoid close contact with others and watch closely for any symptoms.  If symptoms or a rash develop, get tested and self-isolate pending test results to avoid spreading the infection to others. Additional details about signs, symptoms, and risk factors are available at the CDC

Take the following steps to prevent monkeypox: 

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash. 
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox. 
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of monkeypox, contact Student Emergency Services at or (432) 552-4601. You can also report experiencing signs or symptoms of monkeypox online using the Injury/Illness (including hospitalization) option on the Report a Student Concern form