Local Universities Monitor Area for Monkeypox | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – According to the state health department, there are five cases of monkeypox in the northeast region of Tennessee. Although the numbers are low, local universities said they are monitoring the situation.

Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, shared the latest protocol and symptoms to watch out for.

“Headache, fever, then they have swollen lymph nodes that are sore, then they have a rash that follows a very specific sequence,” Wykoff said. “It starts like you can see it but you can’t feel it, but then you can smell it, then it’s filled with fluid, then it opens up and eventually it scabs over.”

Wykoff said students who have just returned to school shouldn’t worry too much because there are only certain situations where they can contract the virus.

“It requires this bare skin on bare skin, so just going to a football game or something probably isn’t going to be a risk factor,” Wykoff said. “If a person is diagnosed, they are usually asked to self-isolate until the lesions cover up, and then what would happen is that anyone they had direct skin-to-skin contact with would be told. .”

The ETSU released a statement on Friday saying it was closely tracking case numbers.

“We continue to monitor state and federal government guidance, including CDC recommendations, case counts, and public health measures in our region to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. .”


The University of Tusculum also responded on Friday, saying it plans to adopt appropriate measures should the need arise.

“The University of Tusculum is monitoring monkeypox and has received guidance from independent colleges and universities in Tennessee. We continue to monitor the situation with this virus and are considering and adopting appropriate measures designed to protect human health. of all members of the Tusculum family. Based on our success in response to the coronavirus, we envision that the actions we take with monkeypox will produce the desired results.

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