As monkeypox spreads, health experts urge Texas universities to prepare for outbreaks

Over the last two years, universities across Texas and the rest of the country have worked hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses with virtual classes, masks and increased cleaning of public spaces.

Now, as colleges prepare for students to return to campus next month, a new disease is gaining steam around Texas and the country: monkeypox.

State health experts say universities should start communicating with students ahead of the fall semester about how to identify symptoms and avoid contracting the virus. They also say schools should consider how they would respond to an outbreak on campuses where students live in close proximity engaging in intimate behaviors and sharing beverages or food.

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