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With educators still reeling from three years of a pandemic, schools are opening for a new school year in the midst of yet another public health emergency — this time monkeypox.
The World Health Organization on July 23 declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern, making it something school nurses should be monitoring, said Linda Mendonca, president of the National Association of School Nurses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not released specific guidance for handling monkeypox in school settings. But that could change as more students return to classrooms to school and outbreaks possibly emerge, according to public school health experts.
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