Georgia College & State University is keeping a close eye on the monkeypox outbreak and the health and safety of our community is our paramount priority. Our clinical staff are trained and fully prepared to identify any patient with signs and symptoms consistent with monkeypox infection. The university will continue to follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the University System of Georgia to ensure we maintain a healthy and safe Bobcat community.
Current data suggests that people can spread monkeypox from the time symptoms start until all symptoms are resolved. Therefore, people with monkeypox should ideally isolate until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. This can take up to 2-4 weeks in most cases.
Testing is available at Student Health Services by appointment Monday through Friday 8-4:30. You can also contact the Baldwin County Health Department to schedule a test if needed.
How to protect yourself
There are things you can do to protect yourself from getting monkeypox:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.