Mpox Information and Resources
What Is Mpox?
Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. It is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. While mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, they are typically milder and rarely fatal.
What to Do if You Have Symptoms or Are Exposed to Mpox
UTSA students who have been exposed to someone with mpox 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 mpox or who are experiencing symptoms should contact their personal health care provider.
What to Do if You Test Positive
UTSA students, faculty and staff who test positive for mpox should follow the guidelines below in order to ensure their safety and that of the greater UTSA community.
- 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 mpox from the time symptoms start until all symptoms have resolved. The CDC recommends that people with mpox 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.
In the event a student tests positive for mpox 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.
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