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Monkeypox: How area universities are preparing for potential outbreaks

Over the last two years, universities across the area and the rest of the country have worked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses, but now there is new virus to worry about — Monkeypox.

With thousands of college students headed back to campus as the fall semester nears, area universities have been preparing to keep everyone safe.

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“Similar to any emerging disease or seasonal illnesses, the University continuously monitors any infectious diseases to see how they may threaten the health of our community. Should there be cases of monkeypox on campus, the University is prepared to take steps necessary to try to mitigate the spread, including but not limited to isolating students when appropriate and reminding students about steps they can take to try to avoid any illness,” University of Dayton officials said in a statement to News Center 7.

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Other schools, including Wright State University and the Ohio State University, also say they are monitoring the situation.

“Wright State University is closely monitoring the situation, considering response plans if needed and will communicate them to our campuses as appropriate. Any positive test result will be sent to appropriate public health officials who are monitoring the cases. The university continues to have ample space in housing for isolation should a residential student test positive and need to isolate,” a Wright State University spokesperson said.

Ohio State University sent an email to all students last week listing steps to take to help stay safe. Updated information is also available on their website to educate students on the virus.

“As needed, we will continue to share information with our community,” an Ohio State University spokesperson said.

According to the latest CDC data, 116 cases of the virus have been reported in Ohio.

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