MPOX is not as widespread or infectious as COVID-19, as they are different viruses. During this MPOX outbreak, we recommend continuing basic health safety practices: wash h&s often with soap & water, stay home & seek care if you feel sick or have a new rash, wear a

well-fitting mask around others when sick, notify sexual partners about symptoms beforeh&, & practice safe sex.



To get updates about monkeypox from the County, text COSD MONKEYPOX to 468-311.

Other terms for Monkeypox include: “MPV”, “MPX”, “MPOX”, or “MPXV”


Symptoms & Reporting

Anyone exposed to monkeypox should monitor for the following symptoms for 21 days after their last exposure.


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Muscle aches & backache

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Swollen lymph nodes

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Respiatory symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough)

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Rash that looks like pimples or blisters appearing on the face, inside of mouth, h&s, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Rash may be painful or itchy


Review more symptoms on CDC Monkeypox: Signs & Symptoms & CDC Monitoring & Risk Assessment for Persons Exposed in the Community



Notifying GCCCD of Monkeypox symptoms


  1. If you have any of the above symptoms, email your instructors that you are staying home due to having the identified symptom(s).

  2. Contact the Grossmont College Health & Wellness Center immediately via phone (618-644-7192) or email ( to discuss further instructions with a campus Registered Nurse.

    In either email or voicemail, include your name, student ID#, & phone The campus RN will contact you within 24hrs with further instructions regarding Monkeypox isolation, testing, or referral to Medical Provider.


Monkeypox Testing

Individuals must first test positive for the virus in order to receive treatment.

Contact your doctor to get tested or call 2-1-1 for information regarding testing & vaccination in San Diego.



Monkeypox Vaccines

Vaccine Information (CDC)


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ACAM2000 Vaccine



Where to get a Vaccine

At this time, vaccines are limited to those identified as at-risk for Monkeypox. See SD County MPOX Vaccine Eligibility to review eligibility.


For eligible individuals, visit to schedule a Monkeypox vaccine appointment. Call 2-1-1 San Diego for questions about vaccine eligibility, availability, & scheduling appointments.


Vaccine supply is limited, check the San Diego County Public Health Monkeypox website & sign up for text alerts by texting COSD Monkeypox to 468-311 for updated information on vaccine availability.


Home Isolation

Information provided by the CDC


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What to do If You are Sick

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Isolation & Infection Control at Home

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Isolation & Prevention Practices for People with Monkeypox




If you develop symptoms, you must self-isolate.  Individuals with MPOX must be cleared by a medical provider &/or pubic health department to end isolation. Isolation can take up to 2-4 weeks.


Exceptions to isolation include:


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Seeing your doctor for medical care or emergencies


See CDC Monkeypox Travel for further information on required travel & travel considerations



Monkeypox Spread & Prevention

Practices outlined by the CDC


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How it spreads

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Safer Sex & Social Gatherings

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Monkeypox Prevention

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Protect Yourself & Others



Other Helpful Resources

2-1-1 San Diego

San Diego County Coronavirus Disease 2019

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019 (WHO)

California Community Colleges Health & Wellness