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Monkeypox (MPX)

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Last Updated October 5, 2022 

Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) has and will continue to monitor MPX locally. At this time there are a few confirmed cases in Ventura County and while anyone can get MPX, based on the information currently available, the risk of MPX to the general population remains low.

Number of Probable and Confirmed Cases in Ventura County    24*  
 *Total number of probable and confirmed cases, will be updated weekly on Tuesday's. 
To view up-to-date data on MPX in California by county (including Ventura County numbers) Click Here

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About MPX

MPX is a rare disease that is caused by infection with MPX virus. MPX spreads through prolonged skin to skin contact. Taking steps to avoid prolonged skin to skin contact can reduce your risk of getting MPX. Contact includes:

  • sex
  • kissing
  • breathing at very close range
  • sharing bedding and clothing

If you have sex or close physical contact with many people you have a higher chance of getting MPX. MPX can be serious, though most cases resolve on their own. You should see a doctor right away if you think you have been exposed.

Symptoms

monkeypox1MPX symptoms usually start within 2 weeks of exposure to the virus. Initial symptoms are similar to 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 rectum but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, or face.

Testing and Isolation

If you develop a suspicious rash or were in contact with someone who has tested positive for MPX, speak to your doctor right away for guidance and testing. If you do not have a doctor, please visit: Ambulatory Care to find a clinic near you.

If you have MPX or are waiting for test results,

  • Stay away from other people
  • Don't use public transportation
  • Get in touch with people you've had sex or close contact with and ask them to get tested.

For additional preventative measures to take at home, visit CDC’s home isolation and infection control guidance.

Treatment

Most people get well from MPX without needing any medicines or other treatment. There is no medicine that the FDA has approved for MPX infection. However, there is one medicine that is used for severe MPX, called tecovirimat, or TPOXX. It is allowed as an “investigation” drug for special circumstances for people who have severe monkeypox.

Talk to your doctor if you think you might need TPOXX because of a special condition or severe disease. If you need TPOXX, your doctor will work with VCPH, or other providers to get you TPOXX.

Vaccination

The MPX (Jynneos) vaccine is free and available to individuals that are at high risk of contracting MPX. CDPH and CDC have expanded the vaccine eligibility criteria for ages 18 and up. Click here to view the vaccine eligibility criteria. If you think you may be eligible for a vaccine, please call the VCPH Clinic to make an appointment at 805-981-5221.  

First and second doses are now available at the following sites. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are available. 

North Oxnard Public Health Clinic
2240 E. Gonzales Rd., Ste. 140
Oxnard, CA 93036
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
South Oxnard Public Health Clinic
2500 S. C St., Ste. B1
Oxnard, CA 93033
Hours: Mon., Wed., and Thurs.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

 

Prevention

  • Avoid intimate and physical contact with anyone who has symptoms
  • Talk openly with sexual partners prior to intimate physical contact
  • Consider covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds
  • Don't share bedding, clothing with others
  • Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks

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