NPR — Ahead of the new school year, colleges across the country are repurposing the tools they developed during the pandemic to address the monkeypox outbreak, which the White House recently declared a public health emergency.

The risk of contracting monkeypox is low, but colleges are getting ready.  Monkeypox is an infection that can take weeks to recover from, leaving sick students out of class for weeks and possibly entire semesters.

In addition, because 99% of cases in the U.S. are related to male-to-male sexual contact  there is some concern about stigma and bias against the LGBTQ community.

It is a new road for colleges to travel, but the COVID pandemic may have them better prepared.  Click here to find out more about what students and school administrators have to say.

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