Bucknell reports case of monkeypox

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

A member of Bucknell University’s campus community has been confirmed as testing positive for monkeypox.

The person, who is isolating off-campus, is not considered a risk to the community, Dr. Catherine O’Neil, director of Bucknell Student Health, reported this week.

O’Neil sent out a university-wide email confirming the case.

Monkeypox is rarely fatal with symptoms that include fever, muscle aches, fatigue and a rash.

It is contracted by people in close contact with those already infected.

The Worldwide Health Organization recently declared monkeypox a global health threat.

So far, Pennsylvania has reported at least 170 cases.

Nationwide, more than 6,600 cases have been reported.

First discovered in monkeys in 1958, the first human cases of monkeypox were reported in 1970.


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