Monkeypox test result negative

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The test for the monkeypox virus conducted earlier this week on a member of the Sheridan Preparatory Academy community has come back negative.

The individual was last in the building Friday and since that time developed symptoms consistent with symptoms that can occur with monkeypox. Tests results received Wednesday have confirmed that the individual does not have the virus. 

Please see the below information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a reminder, please be vigilant in monitoring for illness and consult a medical professional if your child or another member of your family present with a rash. 

Any individuals presenting with rashes or other symptoms listed below should not attend school or work until symptoms resolve or they are cleared by their healthcare provider.

In the event of a confirmed case of monkeypox, the district, in accordance with the Albany County Health Department, will conduct all appropriate contact tracing. Additionally, any impacted learning spaces will be deep-cleaned according to CDC guidance.

Monkeypox is spread through close physical contact, usually skin-to-skin and, less frequently, through contacted surfaces. Anyone who feels they are at risk for contracting the virus should speak with their physician about the benefits of immunization.


People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.

  • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
  • The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

You may experience all or only a few symptoms.

  • Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
  • Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
  • Others only experience a rash.