The Student Health Center is closely monitoring MPOX cases in our community. Thousands in the United States have contracted the illness, and more than 500 cases have been identified in Washington state. More on the illness can be found on the CDC’s MPOX web page.
MPOX symptoms include a pimple or blister-like rash as well as fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. Once a rash is present, the virus becomes contagious.
The illness can spread through several pathways, including:
- intimate contact (kissing, cuddling, and sex)
- direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs, or body fluids
- and touching items (linens and clothing) previously touched by an infectious rash or body fluids.
WWU Safety Measures
The Student Health Center is working closely with the Whatcom County Public Health Department to determine how best to implement health and safety measures that protect our community. Washington’s Department of Health is also building capacity for treatment, and vaccinations.
For the safety of others in the Student Health Center, any student seeking evaluation for suspected MPOX infection or exposure should contact us at (360) 650-3400 for triage and instructions rather than coming in person.