NMSU student tests positive for monkeypox, health officials say

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — An NMSU student who lives off campus tested positive for monkeypox two weeks ago according to school officials.

The student is currently in isolation and recovering.

“At this time, higher education institutions are considered to be at low risk for transmission of monkeypox,” said Judi Voelz, medical director of NMSU’s Aggie Health and Wellness Center. “NMSU Health Center will continue to work with the Department of Health and follow CDC guidelines to manage any monkeypox infections that may arise on campus. People who get monkeypox usually don’t have serious consequences or need hospitalization and should make a full recovery,” Voelz said.

The New Mexico Department of Health is monitoring the student’s close contacts.

According to the school, it will not send out public communications for each new case. People likely to be exposed will be informed and asked to follow the instructions.

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