M-Pox Updates & FAQ:
M-pox(MPX) is a communicable disease which can show up as rash on various body parts including hands, feet, chest, face, mouth, genitals, or anus. Other symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches and backache
- Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
You may experience all or only a few symptoms
- Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
- Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
- Others only experience a rash.
(Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
What steps can I take to prevent getting monkeypox?
The current outbreak is largely affecting gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. However, anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can get it if they are in close contact with someone who has monkeypox. Steps to protect yourself include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have 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.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
- Avoid touching or handling bedding, towels, and clothing of a person with monkeypox.
Are you worried that you have been exposed?
• Get checked. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), contact Student Health Services by calling (951) 827-3031. If you are not covered by SHIP or are faculty or staff, contact your medical provider.
• Get tested. Healthcare providers can test for monkeypox.
• Get protected. Vaccines are available in limited supply and can help even after an exposure. Vaccination after an exposure can prevent the onset of disease or reduce the symptoms of disease based on how soon an individual is vaccinated after an exposure.