Last updated 8.10.2022
California State University Maritime Academy is currently following local and state public health guidelines in order to ensure our campus community is prepared for a successful start to the fall semester amid the growing monkeypox outbreak. Here, you will find information about the monkeypox virus and the resources available to our campus community via the Cal Maritime Student Health Center. For the latest monkeypox case counts in Solano County, click here.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. Monkeypox spreads to through prolonged 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.
Monkeypox symptoms usually start within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Initial symptoms are similar to the 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.
There are number of ways to prevent the spread of monkeypox, including:
- Always talking to your sexual partner/s about any recent illness and being aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body, including on the genitals and anus
- Avoiding close contact, including sex, with people with symptoms like sores or rashes
- Avoid sharing the same bed or bed linens as a person with symptoms consistent with monkeypox
- Practicing good hand hygiene
- People who become infected should isolate until their symptoms are improving or have gone away completely. Rash should always be well covered until completely healed.
- Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) (like a mask, gown, and gloves) when caring for others with symptoms
- Avoiding contact with infected materials contaminated with the virus
- Avoiding contact with infected animals
If you have rash or spots that may look like Monkeypox, reach out to your healthcare provider for further testing and evaluation. The Cal Maritime Student Health Center can provide resources for students who think they may have come into contact with the monkeypox virus.
Solano County Public Health Department
California Department of Public Health (CADPH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)