Monkeypox Updates & Information

Updated information for UW-Stout students, faculty, and staff.
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This webpage is provided as a resource for the UW-Stout community and our constituents, and we urge people to monitor it regularly for updates.

Despite a low level of risk, monitoring and preparedness conversations regarding Monkeypox are ongoing among UW-Stout authorities, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Student Health Services operated by Prevea Health, and Dunn County Health Department to ensure the UW-Stout community remains informed and protected.

Current CDC Information

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a variola virus. It is rarely fatal and is not related to Chickenpox. It can spread to anyone through close personal contact including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
  • Touching objects, fabrics and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions.
Primary Symptoms Additional Symptoms
  • Rash or skin lesions that may be painful or itchy
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches, Muscle Aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Respiratory Symptoms

Scientists are still researching whether someone can spread monkeypox with no symptoms and other transmission considerations.

Exposure, Response & Recovery

If you have or have been exposed to monkeypox, monitor for symptoms and contact your health care provider. Until you have been checked out and cleared by a health care provider, avoid close contact with others, including sexual contact or intimacy and going to class or work. Do not take public transportation to your appointment.

Recovery from Monkeypox generally takes 2–4 weeks.  


The CDC currently advises the following strategies to reduce your risk to monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

More monkeypox guidance and information for students is available from Wisconsin Department of Human Services.

The University of Wisconsin–Stout is committed to maintaining an environment of respect that is free from discrimination and supporting all community members affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are contrary to UW-Stout values. If you, or someone you know experiences bias, please report to our response team.