Public Health


Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox) is a viral disease that has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. All members of the Bearcat community are encouraged to learn about symptoms, protective measures, and what to do if exposed.

Mpox is a virus like smallpox, but milder. It is not commonly seen in the United States; however, several cases have been reported in Hamilton County. 

Mpox Symptoms

Mpox usually presents with a pimple-like rash and fever along with several of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Back ache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Exhaustion

How Does Mpox Spread?

Mpox is spread from person-to-person in several ways:

  • Direct contact through touch
  • Respiratory secretions spread during face-to-face and intimate contact
  • Touching items such as clothing or linens that have been exposed to Mpox rash or body fluids
  • Pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta