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MPX (monkeypox)

Updated on 9/14/22

The CDC issued a health alert on human cases of MPX (monkeypox) reported in multiple countries where MPX is not endemic, including the United States. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) followed up with a health alert detailing the exposure risk and testing guidance for California. There are confirmed cases in California and San Diego.

MPX spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious skin lesions, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. MPX can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with MPX sores.

Vaccine

The County has provided UC San Diego Health a limited number of the JYNNEOS vaccine, which is designed to reduce the spread of monkeypox in the community, and decrease the severity of illness in those who have been exposed to the virus. A portion of this will be reserved for UC San Diego Students.

Population that are receiving the initial invitation are:

  • Persons who had more than one sexual partner in the past 14 days in an area with known monkeypox
  • Persons who identify as gay, bisexual, trans, or other male who has sex with men, and has had more than one sexual partner in the past 14 days
  • Persons who identify as gay, bisexual, trans, or other male who has sex with men, and have had a sexually transmitted infection diagnosis in the past 3 months
  • Persons who are receiving HIV PrEP treatment
If you belong to any of these groups, but did not get an invitation, please send a message to Ask-A-Nurse via MyStudentChart. If you qualify, you will be sent a MyStudentChart invitation for the JYNNEOS vaccine. Dependent on the vaccine supply, some students will be added to the waitlist for the next vaccine clinic.

What are the signs and symptoms of MPX (monkeypox)?

  • Rash with firm bumps on face, hands, feet, body, or genitals
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Low energy

If you have MPX symptoms, isolate from others and contact Student Health Services (SHS) at (858) 534-3300 or send a message through Ask-A-Nurse via MyStudentChart to speak with a nurse to arrange to be seen in the SHS Urgent Care. SHS can test for MPX and can expedite treatment for students who have severe, sensitive lesions by working with UC San Diego Health. We are working with UC San Diego Health and San Diego County Public Health regarding access to the vaccine. For now, students can call 211 for resources from the City of San Diego.

MPX Prevention Tips

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Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with a rash that looks like monkeypox

  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.

Avoid sharing drinks, food, linens, or clothing

  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with others.
  • Do not share bedding, towels, or clothing.

Wash your hands often

  • 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.