NEWARK, Del. (WPVI)– The University of Delaware announced its first reported case of monkeypox on campus just days before students moved in this weekend.
University officials said in a statement Wednesday that one staff member has been diagnosed with the disease. The employee is currently in home isolation and convalescence.
The university is working with the Delaware Division of Public Health to notify those who may have been in close contact.
“The university will continue to monitor the situation and encourages all members of the UD community to stay informed about ways to reduce their risk of contracting monkeypox,” officials said.
The statement went on to say:
“Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus in the poxvirus family that can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. They are transmitted through close contact, including prolonged intimate personal contact and skin-to-skin contact when a rash is present. It is contagious from the onset of symptoms until the rash has healed and new skin has formed, which can take two to four weeks.
It’s important to note that monkeypox is very different from COVID-19. It doesn’t spread before symptoms appear, through casual contact, or through being in the same room as someone with monkeypox. Transmission primarily requires prolonged intimate personal contact or skin-to-skin contact with an individual when symptoms are present.”
The university issued a campus health advisory on August 19 on monkeypox. In the recommendation, officials announced a dedicated website for monkeypox information and resources.
Officials said the notice is meant to alert the campus community to the emergence of the disease in the area and the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of contagion.
“Other cases will not be announced,” the university said.
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