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Monkeypox

What To Do If You Are Sick

If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, please call 904-620-2900 to schedule an appointment at SHS for evaluation and guidance.

Make a Plan Ahead of Time

Students who are diagnosed with Monkeypox must isolate until the rash is fully healed over. This can be up to 4 weeksThe illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. On-campus residents suspected of Monkeypox will be required to isolate off-campus until either cleared with a negative lab result by the Florida Department of Health-Duval or once the rash is completely healed over and new skin has developed (2-4 weeks). Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. 

 

Students with contact to people confirmed to have monkeypox should be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after their last exposure. Contacts will be instructed to monitor their temperature twice daily. If symptoms develop, contacts should immediately self-isolate and contact SHS for further guidance. Contacts who remain asymptomatic can be permitted to continue routine daily activities (e.g., go to work, school).  Contacts should not donate blood, cells, tissue, breast milk, semen, or organs while they are under symptom surveillance.

 

Recommended Planning Steps:

1. Compile the names and contact information of your healthcare providers. Add Student Heath Services as a contact on your phone, (904) 620-2900.

2. Please be prepared to make off-campus living arrangements for 2-4 weeks in case of a monkeypox infection.

3. Create a list of people to call if you need help with food, medicine, and other supplies during isolation.    

What You Need to Know

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.
  • You can take steps to prevent getting monkeypox and lower your risk during sex.
  • CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox.
  • If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
  • CDC is urging healthcare providers in the United States to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox

Duval County is now in Phase 3 of vaccine distribution

Phase 3

Phase 3 will occur when monkeypox vaccine is distributed through normal vaccine distribution channels. During Phase 3, all Phase 2 groups will be prioritized in addition to the groups in bold:

  • Laboratory personnel and select health care personnel at high risk for monkeypox
  • Close contacts of monkeypox cases
  • Immunocompromised MSM with HIV (< 200 CD4 white blood cells per ml3) with potential exposure
  • Other MSM with a recent history of a sexually transmissible disease
  • All other MSM with HIV who had potential exposure
  • All MSM
  • Other high-risk groups

Phase 3 will have the same vaccination partners as Phase 2 in addition to those in bold:

  • Florida CHDs
  • RW clinics
  • STD clinics
  • Other community providers who serve MSM with HIV
  • Community providers who serve MSM and other high-risk groups 

Student Health Services does not carry the Monkeypox vaccine.  However, students, faculty, and staff interested in vaccination can obtain the vaccine through the following resources:

 

Any Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or DOH-Duval:

  • Agape
    • 120 King Street
    • Jacksonville, Florida 32204
    • (904) 760-4904
     
  • Sulzbacher
    • 611 East Adams Street
    • Jacksonville, Florida 32202
    • (904) 394-8069
     
  • DOH-Duval: To schedule an appointment for the monkeypox vaccine, call 904.253.1130

A recent article describes How Colleges Can Prepare For and Prevent Monkeypox Outbreaks

Please click the link for CDC guidance on Preventing Monkeypox Spread in Congregate Settings. Here is the link for the CDC pdf on Monkeypox and Safer Sex.