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To prepare for the epidemic of monkeypox, colleges focus on student education

(CNN)Approximately 9,000 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed nationwide, and the US university campus could become a "hotspot" for monkeypox this fall. There is growing concern that there is sex.

"When we head for the fall, I'm worried about outbreaks on college campuses, where individuals engage in higher-risk sexual activities and many different It's often a place where people are in close contact, "he said. Rachel Cox, an assistant professor of nursing at the Massachusetts College of Health, said in an email to CNN. “We need to make sure we are ready to allocate resources such as tests, vaccines and antivirals to potential hotspots.”

“That's a mistake. Not taking into account the school, what my plan is and how I go, you know, social, interact with people, go out, "Greenstein said.

Greenstein plans to move from Maryland to New York at the end of this month to start school, and he said he hasn't heard much from New York University about plans to deal with monkeypox. NYU did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

However, some colleges have told CNN that their response plans include an infectious disease protocol that is already in place.

Continuation of work

Elon University, North Carolina, sees preparation for a potential reaction to monkeypox as an extension of the work the school has done. increase.

"I am aware that there may be cases of monkeypox. I have been working on preparations since May, long before it was considered a problem, and I plan to focus on education, prevention. But we have plans in case, "says Dr. Ginette Archinal,Student Health and Medical Directorand a college doctor. "'Concerns' exaggerate that, but we are preparing for cases of monkeypox on campus."
Elon's infectious disease response team has said, "Many infections over the past few years." We were in illness preparation mode, "said Jana Lynn Patterson, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Student Affairs atElon

Archinal and Patterson are Elon's Infectious Disease Response Team. Leading team.

The school had mumps in the fall of 2019. Patterson states that he is ready for Covid and sees the monkeypox reaction as "continuation of our work."

"We have some basic infectious disease response protocols and improve them based on specific information about monkeypox cases or outbreaks or current information about specific needs. I did, "she said. The

protocol covers several areas, including isolation as needed, academic and educational support, and ensuring that clinical and medical staff are up-to-date with respect to assessments. doing. Archinal and Patterson also emphasized the importance of relationships with the local health sector and health system.

During Covid, the policies and protocols created were very intentional to be applicable to future infectious diseases.

"Elon has a protocol for this type of infection and is deliberately designed to tailor based on what may appear," Archinal said. .. "We reinvent the wheel at the very end of each occurrence because we can make a solid and solid plan that we can tweak to make it suitable for each. That's really the preparation. According to the

CDC, there are 111 cases of monkeypox in North Carolina as of August 8.

Monkeypox Infestation Opportunity

Eron is not the only school trying to focus on education about the virus. In Florida A&M, there are concerns that monkeypox will spread to the campus.

The student there said, "I like to engage in various activities and socialize, so I think there is certainly an opportunity for monkeypox to spread to people."Said Tanya Tatum, Director of Student Health. Services in FloridaA&M.
Tatum said monkeypox is different from Covid-19, which spreads primarily in the air. However, authorities know that students are engaged in intimate activities. A recentstudyfound that of the 528 infections diagnosed during the current outbreak, 95% were suspected of being infected during sexual activity. The fact that the

virus may be viable in inanimate objects such as bed sheets also raises concerns.

"Some of our students are not the best housekeepers, such as how often bed sheets are changed," she said. "So there are some concerns." According to the

CDC The most common way for monkeypox to spread is in direct contact with the rash, scabs, and body fluids of an infected person. That is. Such contact can occur in intimate situations. Activities such as gender. However, human contact with contaminated objects, fabrics, or surfaces can also spread the virus.

Florida A&M's plan is to launch an education campaign. Students are aware that the virus is widespread, according to Tatam.

Florida A&M will open a website with information over the weekend, Tatam said. Information about students, student engagement platforms, and leaflets posted in residential halls. "We also want to make sure we understand and know what they deal with. The University of North Florida is also committed to education, Valerie Morrison, Director of Student Health Services. He said.

The college wants to make sure students know what to do if they think they may have monkey pox or other infectious disease. This includes staying at home and knowing how to contact student health services and primary care providers.

The University of North Florida educates social media platforms such as Instagram. We plan to reach students by including information.

Florida is the third highest number of cases in the United States, according to the number of CDCs, in August. As of 8th, there are 936 cases.

Texas A&M is also striving to educate students.

"Active web pages and social media content Are ready to send to students, "Dr. Martha Danenbaum,Director of Student Health Servicesat Texas A, emailed&M, CNN. rice field. "We have established a well-established process for pushing educational content to continue to follow.

" College Health Centers are closely associated with on-campus public health efforts. Because we are involved in managing potential outbreaks such as monkey pox, new infectious diseases are part of our job, "writes Dannbaum. "Most (including Texas A&M Student Health) were deeply involved in the planning and execution of COVID-related campus plans. Similar reactions can be expected for monkeypox."

According to the CDC, there are 702 monkeypoxes in Texas as of August 8.

Student Examination and Isolation Plans

"Universities definitely have testing methods, and there should be solutions and plans in case someone gets infected. I think, like any surface you know, they come in contact a lot. New York University freshman Greenstein said, "How can I get rid of it and minimize the spread? I wonder. " 104} "Currently, tests can only be performed in laboratories that are authorized to perform the test. College medical professionals can collect samples and send them to these laboratories if determined. Patients Needs inspection. ”

The association is committed to developing resources to help campuses prevent and manage outbreaks.

Florida A&M, Texas A&M, North Florida and Elon said they could run Monkey Pox tests on campus. In some cases, the specimen will be sent to a partner lab.

Regarding quarantine, Morrison of North Florida said: Depending on how Monkey Pox spreads, the development of quarantine policies can be complicated and has been edited to occur on a case-by-case basis.

The way monkeypox spreads (including contaminated objects such as laundry, clothing, and towels) affects how people effectively isolate themselves in a campus environment.

"If you need to isolate someone on campus, you need a single room with a dedicated bathroom for the isolation. My recommendation is the porous type. You don't need a rug-free upholstery because it's easier to keep it clean later, "Morison said.

Elon's Archinal also said that colleges can isolate students with monkeypox if the need arises.

"I have created a protocol for staff on what to look out for and how to manage it. I already have the ability to test. I know the lab that sends the test. When Protocols are already in place for quarantining, who to quarantine, what to look out for, and when to notify the health department, "said Archinal. Covid informs campus officials that students may need to take care of themselves. If necessary, the same process is used for monkeypox.

No mass vaccination recommendations

The university is also considering how monkeypox vaccination can help students.

Archinal and Patterson said Elon is ready if the campus needs a vaccination clinic.

When vaccines become available, they consult the state and if they and the local health department feel that the school is a good candidate for the clinic, Patterso, can be deployed within 24 hours. Masu n said as well as what happened during the outbreak of mumps. Many other schools also plan to follow local health department guidelines and policies regarding vaccine distribution. The

CDC is sending the state a supply of the monkeypox vaccinecalled Jynneos for people who have been or are at risk of being exposed to the virus.

According to the CDC, vaccinations included confirmed contact with people with monkeypox and sex partners diagnosed with monkeypox in the last 14 days. A person who has had multiple sexes with presumed contact. Partners for the past 14 days in areas where monkeypox is endemic, and partners who may have been exposed to the virus through work.

Archinal emphasized that there is no comprehensive immunization recommendation from the CDC and said Elon would not propose such a strategy if it was not needed. During the school's mumps outbreak, all students were vaccinated with two standard vaccines, but the health department recommended boosters.

"Within 24 hours, they were at a vaccine clinic, on campus with booster immunization," Archinal said. "In discussions with the health department, if the same situation occurs, the advice for obtaining the vaccine is expanded, and the vaccine becomes available, the health department can do the same."

At

Tatum, Florida A&M, officials there said they would follow health department guidance as vaccines became more available. There is a vaccine in Florida, which is distributed and administered through the health department.

She sees colleges increasing the number of cases if there is a time when there is enough vaccine, and the health department says, "We may provide it. No, "he said, recommending vaccination.

Communication Call

New York University freshman Greenstein actively talks with students about plans to mitigate the spread of the university and the potential for monkeypox. He said he wanted to communicate with him. Affects the grade.

"I would like to ask for some form of communication," Greenstein said. "This doesn't have to be your top priority-I fully understand that I'm in a hurry to get everything ready in time-but some form of communication would be great."

He also pays attention to how his school conveys information about the virus, stigmatizing men who have sex with men, and implying that the outbreak is only relevant to this community. I hope I don't do it. The case of this occurrence.

"I think they should definitely keep in mind that their words have power," Greenstein said. "What they say can definitely be received the wrong way."