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Monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Current Monkeypox Virus Cases at Chapman = 0


What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is in the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Over 99% of people who get this form of the disease are likely to survive. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about monkeypox.

How is monkeypox transmitted?

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox. This direct contact can happen during intimate contact or touching the genitals or a person with monkeypox.

Where can I find data about monkeypox in California?

The California Department of Public Health offers data on monkeypox cases in California.

How does monkeypox differ from COVID-19?

Although the sudden emergence of monkeypox can be alarming after over two years of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, monkeypox is not a new virus and does not spread in the same way as COVID-19. The California Department of Public Health offers this comparison of monkeypox and COVID-19.  


How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of monkeypox?

Preventative steps include limiting physical encounters and limiting skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after using the bathroom.

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox or I have been exposed to monkeypox?

Avoid close contact, including sex or being intimate with anyone, until you have contacted Student Health Services at and have been examined by a healthcare provider. Call the Student Health Center at 714-997-6851 for information or to schedule an appointment. 


Who should get the monkeypox vaccine?

The CDC recommends the monkeypox vaccine for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are aware that one of their sexual partners in the past two weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox. The California Department of Public Health offers this information on the monkeypox vaccine

Where can I get the monkeypox vaccine?

The Orange County Health Care Agency states that due to a very limited supply, the monkeypox vaccine (Jynneos) is available only to people at high risk of exposure to monkeypox.

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