Department of Health: Monkeypox Case Confirmed at Penn State

From CBS 21 News…On August 13, a Penn State University student tested positive for monkeypox which was confirmed by the Department of Health.

The student lives off-campus and is remaining in isolation while they recover, Penn State University says on their website.

The University Health Services is working alongside the Pennsylvania Department of Health to keep an eye on the student’s case. According to Penn State University, all those who were in close contact with the student have been notified.

In a statement, Penn State University says monkeypox can be spread in four main ways:

  • Making direct contact with the rash, scabs, or body fluids.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions (mucus, saliva, etc.) for prolonged times with face-to-face physical contact such as kissing, cuddling, or sex.
  • Contact with fabrics which were already touched by someone with monkeypox.
  • Getting bitten or scratched by an animal that is infected.

Penn State University says the person is contagious from the start of the symptoms until a new layer of skin forms where the rash was.

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