First monkeypox case confirmed at Auburn University

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 10:40 PM EDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - Auburn University informed students of its first monkeypox case. The university says its first monkeypox case is from a student who tested positive on Saturday.

A local doctor reported the case. According to officials, the student is isolated outside of the Auburn area.

Any person known to have been in close contact with them has been identified and notified.

The university’s medical clinic and the Alabama Department of Health will continue to monitor the case. Dr. Frederick Kam with Auburn University says all students need to educate themselves on monkeypox in case they start to experience symptoms.

“At this point in time, we do not have a source of where that student may have gotten it from,” said Dr. Kam. “This student does not fit the typical demographic of people who have predominantly getting monkeypox. Does not fit that demographic.”

They say if you are experiencing symptoms, make an appointment with the clinic or your primary doctor.

AU states they will make sure to inform those in contact of any possible cases in the future.