General Information on Monkeypox (MPX):
Most of the information below is found on the Contra Costa Health Services webpage.
Contra Costa Health Services, along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other agencies, are monitoring a growing outbreak of MPX cases in the United States and California. Visit the CDPH MPX tracking page for the latest information about confirmed or suspected cases of MPX in the county.
While it is good to stay alert about any emerging public health outbreaks, the current risk of getting MPX in the general public is very low, outside of certain activities that increase the chance of exposure.
MPX is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the MPX virus. It belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, although MPX tends to be milder than smallpox. MPX spreads to through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including sex and kissing. The virus can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores, including scabs, have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
MPX symptoms usually start within 2 weeks of exposure to the virus. Initial symptoms are similar to flu (fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes), followed by a rash and sores that look similar to herpes sores. The rash or sores may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, or face.
- The sores will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
- The sores can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
- Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus.
- Avoid intimate and physical contact with anyone who has symptoms
- Talk openly with sexual partners prior to intimate physical contact
- Consider covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds
- Don't share bedding, clothing with others
- Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks
The Student Health Center does not have access to the Monkeypox vaccine at this time and encourages eligible individuals to pursue vaccination through Contra Costa Health (CCH) Services. Vaccine supply is currently limited, please see the CCH website for more information on who is currently being prioritized for vaccination.
Medical Support and Testing:
The Student Health Center is here to support our students. If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to Monkeypox contact the Student Health Center at (925) 631-4254. One of our nurses will speak to you to determine the best next steps in regards to your medical treatment, including scheduling an appointment if indicated.
Students who are notified they have tested positive for Monkeypox outside of the Student Health Center are also asked to contact our office to report.