The Barnes Center at The Arch is working with the Onondaga County Health Department to closely monitor the monkeypox global health emergency and is implementing appropriate health and safety measures to protect the Syracuse University community. For more information, visit the CDC website.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms can include:

  • Rashes, bumps or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest or face.
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and fatigue.

Monkeypox can spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has monkeypox.
  • Prolonged, close contact with respiratory secretions from someone with monkeypox.
  • Through sharing bedding, towels, clothing and eating utensils with someone  who has monkeypox.

  • Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms.
  • If you have a rash or are experiencing symptoms, reach out to a health care provider.

At this time, the risk of contracting monkeypox remains low among the campus community. Although anyone can get monkeypox, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

Call the Barnes Center at The Arch at  315.443.8000 and select “0” to connect with the health care team.

The Barnes Center will connect vulnerable communities to vaccine resources should they become available.