Moneypox Information

Molloy University is closely monitoring the global outbreak of monkeypox (orthopox virus), is in touch with public health authorities about the virus, and adjusting our response, recommendations, and resources as needed. At this time, while still rare, monkeypox has gained significant public health and media attention due to the unusual spread of cases globally. A significant percentage of U.S. cases have been confirmed in the New York area.

Monkeypox spreads in a few ways.

1. Monkey can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including: 

1. Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
2. Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
3. Contact with respiratory secretions.

2. This direct contact can happen during intimate contact, including: 

1. Sexual contact.
2. Hugging, massage, and kissing.
3. Prolonged face-to-face contact.


What is it?

The monkeypox virus is commonly spread through close contact and/or handling items of someone who is infected. The illness can last from 2-4 weeks. 


Flu-like symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears. Symptoms can start within 3 weeks of exposure. The rash can develop 1-4 days after experiencing flu-like symptoms. The virus can be spread from the onset of symptoms until all the scabs have fallen off from the rash and new skin has formed.                 

Symptoms include:

1. A pimple/blister like rash that may be painful or itchy
2. Fever
3. Chills
4. Swollen lymph nodes
5. Muscle aches
6. Fatigue
7. Sore throat, nasal, congestion, or cough

If you are experiencing symptoms do not report to any on campus location and avoid close contact with others until evaluated by a Healthcare Provider. If you live with others isolate yourself to a room and do not share dishes, bedding, towels, and electronic devices. 

Contact Molloy Health Services at 516-323-3467 or if you have been diagnosed with monkeypox/orthopox virus. Mental health support is available from the Student Personal Counseling Center at 516-323-3484.  

Prevention and Vaccination

Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccination against the monkeypox/orthopox virus. 

More information and vaccination appointments are available in NYC and in Nassau County.

For more information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FAQs page.