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Last Updated: August 4, 2022

Tufts is monitoring monkeypox developments in the United States and around the world and will continue to adjust the university’s recommendations and response accordingly.

Monkeypox Symptoms and Spread

  • Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a rash resembling pimples or blisters anywhere on the body. 
  • Spread of infection occurs through direct skin-to-skin contact (such as sexual or intimate contact, including kissing) while a person is infected, through prolonged face-to-face interaction, or by contact with an infected individual’s clothing, bedding, towels, or other contaminated objects.

Prevention, Vaccination, and Treatment Information

Monkeypox Exposure

If you have had contact with a person diagnosed with monkeypox, please follow specific guidance from your healthcare provider and local public health department.

  • Residential students should notify Tufts Health Service at 617-627-3350.
  • Employees and non-residential students should notify their PCP of their exposure. 
  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine students and employees who work in a clinic, please report any workplace exposure to Tufts Occupational Health Services at 617-627-6500. 
  • Tufts School of Medicine third- and fourth-year students should report workplace exposures to their clerkship director. 
  • Faculty/staff/employees should report any workplace exposure to Tufts Occupational Health Services at 617-627-6500.   

All Students and Employees Working in Clinical Settings

  • When caring for patients with suspected or diagnosed monkeypox, please follow local clinical and hospital infection control policies.
  • Any workplace exposures should be reported to the local infection control.

If You Experience Symptoms

Please isolate yourself from others immediately and do not report to work or school until you are evaluated and cleared to do so by a healthcare professional.

If You Are Diagnosed With Monkeypox

  • You must isolate yourself and should not attend work, classes, or other in-person activities.
  • Discuss possible treatment options and the duration of isolation with your healthcare provider.

Missing School or Work

If you need to miss school or work due to illness or isolation, we encourage you to take good care of yourself, your health, and your well-being.

You do not need to disclose your diagnosis to your instructors or supervisors.

Residential Students:

  • If you need to miss class, let your course instructors know that you will be absent and follow your school’s policy for excused absences.
  • Notify Student Health Service at 617-627-3350 (Medford/Somerville, SMFA students).

Non-Residential Students: 

  • If you need to miss class, let your course instructors know that you will be absent and follow your school’s policy for excused absences.

Students Working in Clinical Settings:

  • Notify Tufts Occupational Health Services at 617-627-6500 of the exposure or diagnosis.
  • Students working on clinical rotations should notify their relevant rotation or clerkship directors and the Office of Student Affairs.  

Faculty, Staff and Students:

  • Communicate with your manager that you will miss work.
  • Contact Marathon Health (Jumbo Health) at 617-627-0467.

Confidentiality

Medical information must be treated with great care and confidentiality.

  • Tufts Occupational Health Services, Tufts Student Health Service, PCPs, and local boards of health will all carry out their responsibilities to ensure that appropriate contact tracing and environmental disinfection take place as needed.
  • Students and employees are encouraged to notify the relevant contacts as outlined above to report their own exposures, symptoms, and diagnoses.
  • Managers, instructors, and other community members who become aware of a case or suspected case should remember to respect the medical privacy of all students and employees.

Questions

If you have a specific concern that this page does not address and cannot find what you need through MA DPH, CDC, or your local or state health department, please contact:

  • Your PCP or healthcare provider
  • ​​​​Tufts Health Service at 617-627-3350 (Medford/Somerville and SMFA students) 
  • Tufts Medical Center Respiratory Infection Clinic at 617-636-3164 (Boston Health Sciences Campus) 
  • Tufts Occupational Health Services at 617-627-6500 (all employees and all Grafton students)

References

https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html

https://www.mass.gov/monkeypox