Monkeypox cases, spread, symptoms on college campuses pose challenges

August 25, 2022

Without enough vaccine, education is key to mitigating the spread and combating misinformation — as colleges wait to see whether monkeypox will spread more quickly on their campuses than it has in the general population. How college students can protect themselves from monkeypox Monkeypox is spread through skin-to-skin contact or prolonged face-to-face contact, as well as through direct contact with materials that have touched the rash, scabs, or body fluids of someone who has the virus. No other local or state university would say if there had been cases among students or staff. Students who develop symptoms should make an appointment with University Health Services, said Rebecca Simcik, the center’s medical director. Drexel officials said that the health center can test for monkeypox and get an antiviral drug for severe cases.