About Monkeypox

Canutillo ISD values the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty and staff above
everything else. We commit to continuously revise current public health guidelines by national,
state and local health authorities to provide the best protocols for a safe back to school plan to
welcome all our students.

We invite you to read this information carefully and discuss it with your children so they can learn how to protect themselves at school.

What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is
part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to smallpox, however, monkeypox is rarely fatal.

Why is it called monkeypox?
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks if a pox-like disease occurred in
colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox”, because it was first
identified in monkeys, African rodents and non-human primate can harbor the virus and infect

What are the signs and symptoms of Monkeypox?
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Respiratory Symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
  • A rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.

When do symptoms appear after exposure?
Symptoms usually start within 1 - 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like
symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. The illness typically lasts for 2 for 4
weeks. If someone has a very weak immune system, then the rash and illness could present

How is it transmitted?

  •  Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
    • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluid from a person with monkeypox.
    • Touching objects, fabrics and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
    • Contact with respiratory secretions.
  • Direct contact can happen during intimate contact, including:
    • Hugging, kissing and massage.
    • Oral, anal and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox.
  • A pregnant person can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Are there any cases in Texas or New Mexico?

  • In the United States, there are currently a total of 7,510 confirmed monkeypox cases, as of August 8, 2022.
  • In Texas, a total of 606 cases have been reported. In New Mexico, a total of 10 cases have been
    reported. No cases have been reported in El Paso, as of August 8, 2022.

How can I protect myself and my family?
Because monkeypox is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, follow the next steps:

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have an “unknown” rash that looks like
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not kiss, hug or cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Do not share utensils or cups that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

Who can get vaccinated against Monkeypox?

  • People who are known or possible close contacts of people with monkeypox.
  • Know that one of their sex partners in the past 2 weeks have been diagnosed with monkeypox.
  • Have had multiple sex partners in the past 14 days in a place with monkeypox cases
  • Have jobs that may expose them to poxviruses (healthcare or public health workers and
    laboratory workers that work with orthopoxviruses).

What will happen if there is a case of Monkeypox at CISD?

  • Because monkeypox is a reportable communicable disease, the case will be reported to the El Paso Department of Public Health, who will provide guidance to CISD officials.

Will CISD offer access to monkeypox vaccines?
Currently, CISD will not provide access to the monkeypox vaccine at any current
immunization events.

Where can I get more information about monkeypox and follow the U.S. Map of Cases?
For more information, please visit the:

We want to thank you for your continuous cooperation and helping us have a safe and
successful 2022-2023 school year to all our CISD Community.