Information and Resources on Monkeypox

August 17, 2022

Columbia University is working closely with city, state, and federal health officials as we monitor the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox. Numerous cases have been confirmed in New York City and the surrounding areas as well as other parts of the United States and many countries around the world.

Monkeypox virus infections are rare and result in disease that has previously occurred largely in countries in sub–Saharan Africa. Typical symptoms include fever, muscle pain, swollen lymph glands, and a rash that forms pus-filled blisters which then crust over. The illness is usually mild and self-limited. The current outbreak is distinguished by the presentation of a rash and sores on the skin and in the mouth and other mucosal areas. In some cases, monkeypox can be painful and result in scarring. Severe cases may occur in young children, pregnant people, or people with suppressed immune systems (including those living with HIV).

Monkeypox predominantly spreads through close contact between people. Anyone can get infected with monkeypox. During this current outbreak, at this point in time, certain communities are impacted by monkeypox infection more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

Morningside and Manhattanville students should visit the University's Monkeypox information and resources page for additional information specific to their campuses.