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.
Muscle aches & backache
Swollen lymph nodes
Respiatory symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough)
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
- If you have any of the above symptoms, email your instructors that you are staying
home due to having the identified symptom(s).
- Contact the Grossmont College Health & Wellness Center immediately via phone (618-644-7192)
or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
Vaccine Information (CDC)
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 https://myturn.ca.gov 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.
Information provided by the CDC
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:
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
Other Helpful Resources
San Diego County Coronavirus Disease 2019
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019 (WHO)
California Community Colleges Health & Wellness