Health information about monkeypox

August 9, 2022


Dear SMU Community,

You likely have seen news reports regarding the spread of the monkeypox virus in the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively tracking cases of monkeypox, as are many state and local health departments.  Dallas County recently issued an emergency declaration due to the increasing number of cases in the North Texas region.

To date, there are no known cases of monkeypox in the SMU community. The University and the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will continue to monitor this situation and coordinate preparedness efforts with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).

According to the CDC, symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms, and development of a rash or sores. The virus is typically spread through close, skin-to-skin contact. Please take a few minutes to educate yourself about the monkeypox virus, including helpful prevention measures, with these important CDC resources and FAQs.

If you believe you might be infected with the virus, contact your health provider immediately. The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center can provide testing for students who are symptomatic. Vaccination inquiries will be referred to DCHHS.

Your health and wellbeing are important to us. We will continue to keep you updated regarding any developments.


Randy P. Jones, DDS, MPH
Associate Dean of Student Life
Executive Director of Health Services
Dr. Bob Smith Health Center