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NMSU student tests positive for monkeypox according to health officials

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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 isolating and recovering.

“At this point in time, higher education institutions are seen as low risk for the transmission of monkeypox,” said Judi Voelz, medical director at NMSU’s Aggie Health and Wellness Center. “NMSU’s health center will continue to work with the Department of Health and follow CDC guidelines to manage any monkeypox infections that may occur on campus. People who contract monkeypox don’t usually have serious outcomes or need hospitalization and are expected to fully recover,” said Voelz.

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

According to the school, it will not be sending public communications for each new case. Those who may have possible exposure will be notified and asked to follow instructions.

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