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University Health Services (UHS) continues to monitor the latest developments regarding the Mpox outbreak. First reported in May of 2022, the Mpox outbreak is no longer considered a Public Health Emergency in the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made this decision given the low number of cases, effective Jan 31, 2023. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Central to our response at UHS is the CDC and local department of health directives on this matter. Therefore, we will continue to collaborate with the latter on this matter.
What you should know
The monkeypox virus can spread to anyone through close/ personal contact with:
Currently, the CDC recommends all persons with potential monkeypox symptoms be evaluated by a provider. Please call UHS if you need to speak to a provider
The symptoms to look out for include:
You may experience all or only a few symptoms.
Testing will be reserved for those with suspected monkeypox based on symptoms, physical signs, and risk of exposure. If you think you have been exposed, or are experiencing symptoms:
The local health departments will offer an initial supply of monkeypox vaccinations to those who fall in one of four risk categories. The health departments will determine each individual’s risk level and order of vaccine distribution based on the survey response. If appointments are available and you’re found eligible, you may be contacted by a public health department official to schedule your vaccination. UHS does not have vaccine supplies. Only the health departments do.
FOR THE LATEST UPDATES…
United States: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html
Ohio Department of Health Monkeypox Dashboard: https://odh.ohio.gov/know-our-programs/mpx/monkeypox-dashboard
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