On July 23, 2022, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current Monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Below is some information to help you learn more about monkeypox and how to prevent it.
I want to learn more about monkeypox. Where can I find good information?
The Centers for Disease Control has an excellent site about monkeypox. Here are links to their specifics on:
- What monkeypox is and who is at risk
- How monkeypox spreads
- Monkeypox symptoms
- How to prevent monkeypox
Have there been confirmed cases of monkeypox in Oregon?
Cases have been confirmed in the U.S., including Oregon and Washington. You can read more about cases in Oregon on the Oregon Health Authority website.
Where can I get vaccinated for Monkeypox?
Vaccines are limited at this time. Call 211 for vaccine sites and eligibility or call the Health Center at 503-768-7165 for information about vaccines.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate, cover the rash, and wear a mask. You should also contact a healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. Testing is available on campus in the Health Center; call 503-768-7165 for an appointment or call 211 for other testing options.
What if I test positive for monkeypox?
If you test positive, you will need to:
- Self-isolate for two to four weeks until your rash and scabs have resolved. If you are living on campus, we recommend that you move off campus while potentially infectious. If you not able to relocate, talk with a Lewis & Clark Health Center provider about other options on campus.
- Cover your rash or scabs and avoid having others coming in contact with your linens and clothing.
- Disinfect objects that you have come in contact with.
- Talk with a health care provider about treatment options, including antivirals and pain medicine.
What if I have been exposed to someone with monkeypox?
- Contact a health care provider to discuss your exposure and risk factors. Vaccines are available for high risk and post-exposure individuals. To check for vaccine sites call 211.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms. Time from exposure to developing symptoms averages 7 to 17 days. You do not need to self-isolate unless you develop symptoms.