AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University confirmed its first case of monkeypox over the weekend.
A student visited a local doctor over the weekend who reported to Auburn University that the student tested positive for monkeypox. The student is currently quarantined outside of the Auburn area, and authorities have notified those in close contact.
Monkeypox is a disease that causes flu-like symptoms and rashes. According to the CDC, those who are exposed to monkeypox will experience flu-like symptoms and rashes within the first four days of exposure and other symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle ache and backache can follow within the next three weeks.
Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms begin until the rashes have completely healed. The disease typically lasts between two and four weeks.
25,162 cases have been reported in The United States, and one death has resulted from monkeypox. 115 cases have been confirmed in Alabama, but no deaths have been reported.
The Alabama Department of Health and AU Medical Clinic continues to monitor the case, and individuals who may be at higher risk are advised to get vaccinated through local health departments.