Monkeypox is a rare viral illness causing a blister-like rash. It may also cause fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fatigue, and body aches. At this time, monkeypox vaccine is limited, and the state is prioritizing people at greatest risk. Please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website for the most up-to-date information about monkeypox transmission, vaccine eligibility, and prevention strategies.
Although monkeypox is a serious illness and people should take appropriate precautions, it does not spread as easily as illnesses like influenza or COVID-19. Monkeypox is spread through prolonged direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids or skin lesions or contact with objects or surfaces that have been used by a person with monkeypox.
If there is a confirmed case of monkeypox in your student’s school or classroom, we will work with the Department of Health to notify families as soon as possible. Anyone who has monkeypox will be asked to stay home until they are no longer experiencing symptoms, per CDC guidelines.