Information and Resources on Mpox

August 17, 2022

Updated January 5, 2023

To align with the World Health Organization "adopt[ing] the term mpox in its communications, and encourag[ing] others to follow these recommendations, to minimize any ongoing negative impact of the current name and from adoption of the new name," all instances of monkeypox on the CUIMC Student Health on Haven website have been changed to mpox. Read the WHO statement for more information.


Columbia University is working closely with city, state, and federal health officials as we monitor the multi-country outbreak of mpox. 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.

Mpox 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, mpox 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).

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

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