Monkeypox Information and Resources
At this time, health officials worldwide are monitoring an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don't normally report monkeypox, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking cases nationally, while San Antonio Metro Health is monitoring local cases.
What Is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. While monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, they are typically milder and rarely fatal.
Dr. Beth Wichman, UTSA's Chief Medical Officer, talks about monkeypox, how it spreads and what to do if you are exposed or symptomatic.
Monkeypox Info Session
Have questions about monkeypox? UTSA Wellbeing Services is hosting an informational Q&A session featuring guest speaker Dr. Anita Kurian from San Antonio Metro Health District, taking place 4–5 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 in the Student Union Retama Auditorium. RSVP on RowdyLink.
What To Do if You Have Symptoms or Are Exposed to Monkeypox
UTSA students who have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or who are experiencing symptoms should contact Wellness 360 or their personal health care provider. Wellness 360 is available on campus to conduct testing and provide information on vaccines, treatment and isolation.
Students residing in Alvarez Hall, Chaparral Village, Chisholm Hall, Laurel Village and Guadalupe Hall should review Housing and Residence Life's updated health and safety protocols.
Faculty and Staff
UTSA faculty and staff who have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or who are experiencing symptoms should contact their personal health care provider.
What To Do if You Test Positive
- Follow guidance from your health care provider.
- Wear a face mask and avoid direct contact with others until rashes or scabs clear and a new layer of skin forms.
- Stay home and follow CDC isolation guidance.
- Current data suggests that people can spread monkeypox from the time symptoms start until all symptoms have resolved. The CDC recommends that people with monkeypox remain isolated at home or at another location for the duration of the illness.
- If you are unable to remain fully isolated throughout the illness, which typically lasts two to four weeks, follow the CDC's prevention practices for each stage of the illness.
Isolation Support for Students
In the event a student tests positive for monkeypox and requires an extended isolation period, Student Assistance Services is available to help students understand and navigate their options under Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) 5.09 - Class Attendance and Participation.
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 anxiety and uncertainty. Campus mental health resources are available through the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff may seek support through the Employee Assistance Program.