The health of our students, faculty, and staff has always been Mount Saint Mary College’s top priority. With this in mind, college officials are monitoring the status of the monkeypox virus in the local, state, and national communities. By knowing the facts and working together, we can help to stop the spread of monkeypox.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection that can cause flu-like symptoms, rashes, blisters, and sores on the face, mouth, hands, chest, and below the belt. Though sometimes severe, it is rarely life-threating. It can take anywhere from two to four weeks to recover from monkeypox. It is important to know that anyone can come down with a case of monkeypox. It is not limited to any one population or group.

How is it spread?

The virus generally spreads through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected. However, one can also get monkeypox through direct contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.  

Tips to Stay Healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Contact Health Services (or your healthcare provider) if you:
    • feel sick 
    • have a fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes
    • have a new or unexplained rash

If you feel ill

Students: Immediately return to your room (residents) or go home (commuters). Do not come to class. Contact Health Services at 845-569-3152. If you are on campus and feel ill after hours, call Security at 845-569-3200. Health Services will help you determine your next steps.

 Employees: Contact your healthcare provider.

Additional resources

Up-to-date monkeypox facts and data from the New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/monkeypox/

Information on Monkeypox transmission, symptoms, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html

Past cases and outbreaks of monkeypox in the United States, as tracked by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/outbreak/us-outbreaks.html