Monkeypox Information and Resources

Dallas College continues to monitor the outbreak of the Monkeypox virus and its impact on our community. We are following guidance from Dallas County Health and Human Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

 

Anyone who has been in close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. Take the following three steps to prevent getting monkeypox:

  1. Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  2. Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  3. Wash your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

The following links provide additional guidance on prevention in various settings:

Monkeypox symptoms vary, but most individuals with the disease display a rash. The rash may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

  • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
  • The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

You may experience all or only a few symptoms

  • Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
  • Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
  • Others only experience a rash.

Local testing and vaccination guidelines vary by location. Please refer to the guidelines for your local health department to determine eligibility and criteria for testing and vaccination.

Monkeypox typically lasts 2-4 weeks. To help prevent the spread of the disease, below is information that should prove useful.

Dealing with any type of disease can take its toll on individuals. If you need counseling or other means of anxiety relief, please refer to the following services:

Students

Contact a counselor for assistance.

Employees

Dallas College employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program, in which they can avail themselves to a counselor.

General resources available to students and employees include: