UPDATE: Results negative, no monkeypox at UW-La Crosse

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Two pending tests for monkeypox at UW-La Crosse came back negative Friday.

University officials said no further action is needed at this time.


LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Two people are isolating pending test results for potential cases of monkeypox, according to UW-La Crosse.

The university is actively working with local health officials to identify and notify any close contacts who may be at risk of getting sick. UWL will increase cleaning and disinfecting around campus out of an abundance of caution, university officials said.

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, often skin-to-skin contact, including intimate contact, such as kissing, touching, and any kind of sex. Symptoms include rash, skin lesions, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and muscle aches.

The university asks students do the following to limit the potential spread:

  • Consider limiting the number of intimate skin-to-skin encounters or events with a large number of people where close contact can occur.
  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash or lesions. This includes but is not limited to intimate contact, like hugging, kissing, or having sex.
  • While illness from this virus is typically caused by prolonged contact, refraining from handshaking may also be prudent as we navigate the current environment/risk.
  • Avoid sharing objects like bedding, towels, clothing, or utensils with someone who has symptoms.
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Contact the Student Health Center or your health care provider if you think you have been exposed and stay home if you have symptoms.