Human Monkeypox


Get text updates about monkeypox from the County. Text COSD MONKEYPOX to 468-311. (phone users: tap to create the message)


Virtual Monkeypox Townhall

Concerned about monkeypox? Learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from monkeypox, and get to know more about the County’s response to the local health emergency at a Virtual Monkeypox Townhall on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

You can join the virtual webinar confidentially, as well as submit questions to County public health experts, local offices, and LGTBQ+ community leaders here.


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or Telephone:
US: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 840 2176 3751
Passcode: 576964


Monkeypox spreads  between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or contaminated clothing, bedding, or towels (i.e., via fomites). Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.

If you think you have the monkeypox rash and want to get tested, or have any health concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 San Diego for information.

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  • Who should get vaccinated?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox, including:

    • People who may have been identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with monkeypox; or
    • People who know one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox; or
    • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox. 

    Based on CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance, the County of San Diego is currently prioritizing vaccination for:

    • People who have been identified by known cases as intimate or otherwise close contacts of a person diagnosed with monkeypox.
    • Those who have been intimate or otherwise had skin-to-skin contact with a person who has a monkeypox-like rash.
  • Where can I get vaccinated?

    The vaccine is in limited supply.  Please continue to monitor this webpage for upcoming vaccination opportunities.


  • How can I schedule my second dose of monkeypox vaccine?

    The federal supply of monkeypox vaccine remains limited. The public health priority is to administer a first dose of vaccine to eligible individuals who are at risk for monkeypox exposure. When the vaccine supply improves, the County of San Diego will make second doses available.

    Please continue to check our website, at, for updated information about vaccine availability.

  • How are vaccine doses allocated to local health jurisdictions (LHJ) in California?

    The CDPH allocates a certain number of doses per LHJ. Various formulas are used to allocate the limited number of monkeypox vaccines to LHJs. To determine populations at highest risk of monkeypox transmission, the formulas include the number of early syphilis cases among men as a proxy. The County of San Diego does not determine this formula.

    Given the continued limited supply of the Jynneos vaccine, the County of San Diego will provide first doses to offer protection to more at-risk San Diegans. This is the best strategy until an adequate vaccine supply is received. Additionally, this single dose strategy is consistent with the monkeypox vaccine distribution strategy taken in the California Department of Public Health, New York, United Kingdom (UK), and Canada.

  • I have been exposed to monkeypox. What should I do?
    • Monitor for symptoms. 
    • Let partner(s) know you have been exposed.
    • Limit close physical contacts during this time.
    • Call your healthcare provider, or 2-1-1, if you do not have a healthcare provider. If you develop symptoms, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. 
    • Seek out a vaccine if you are told by your partner that they have monkeypox, or someone contacts you to tell you that you were exposed. 
      • We know there are many more people in the LGBTQ+ community who need protection from the vaccine and should get it. Because we have such limited vaccines, we are temporarily asking everyone to prioritize those who have a direct exposure. 
      • Getting a vaccine soon after exposure – ideally within 4 days but up to 14 days after – can help prevent you from becoming infected with the monkeypox virus.
  • How do you test for monkeypox?
    • You must have a rash with fluid-filled lesions similar to blisters to get a monkeypox test.
    • The monkeypox test is done on your skin with a swab at a clinic by a health care provider. The swab is rubbed against lesions on your skin, or parts of your rash, and then sent to a specialized lab for monkeypox testing. 
    • A preliminary lab test result should be available in a few days. While you are waiting, be sure to take steps to care for yourself and others: 
      • Stay home and away from others. 
      • Put off travel on public transportation and domestic and international travel.
      • Contact your sex partner(s) and people you have had close contact with since the start of your symptoms.
      • Protect any pets.
  • Is there treatment for monkeypox?
    • Most people get well from monkeypox without needing any medicines or other treatment. 
    • Vaccination is not a treatment for monkeypox. If you test positive, you are not a candidate for vaccination, but there are other treatment options. 
    • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tecovirimat (TPOXX or ST-246) as a treatment for Monkeypox and it is available from healthcare providers. 
    • There are other options to help control outbreaks of monkeypox. To learn more about the other treatment options, visit the CDC Monkeypox | Treatment webpage.
    • Always consult your healthcare provider before seeking or using any medical treatment.
  • How can I reduce my chances of getting monkeypox from somebody else?
    • Ask your partners about recent illnesses or rashes. Delay or defer close or intimate contact if they have a rash or have been recently sick. 
    • If you are in one of the high-risk populations listed above, consider getting vaccinated.
    • Condoms can help reduce your chance of STIs, but they are not known to reduce the spread of monkeypox. You may be exposed to the virus through bedding, clothing or other physical contact that is not necessarily sexual.
  • How can I prevent the spread of monkeypox?

    To prevent the spread of monkeypox:

    • If you have a rash or feel ill, stay home and contact your healthcare provider, if necessary, especially if you may have been previously exposed to monkeypox. 
    • Practice good hand hygiene after contact with potentially infected animals or humans. Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
    • Avoid contact with materials (e.g., bedding or laundry) that have been in contact with a sick person or animal. 
    • If you take care of patients, use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes a gown, gloves, respirator, and eye protection. 
    • Rapid identification and reporting of possible cases or suspected exposure.

    If you have symptoms of monkeypox, contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 San Diego for information about getting access to a healthcare provider near you.

    Read Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of Monkeypox

Declaration of Local Health Emergency (PDF) Updated August 2, 2022.

Translated versions will be posted when available.



Confirmed and Probable Cases 
Updated Daily (Monday-Friday)
Data Through 8/10/2022

  Count Percent
Total 121 100%

Note: Demographics Table includes data through Monday, 8/8/2022. Going forward, Demographic Tables will be updated on Mondays with data through the previous Saturday. 

Confirmed and Probable Cases Demographics
Updated Weekly (Monday)
Data Through 8/8/2022

  Count Percent
Total 104 100%
Male 104 100%
Female 0 0%
Transgender Male 0 0%
Transgender Female 0 0%
Genderqueer or Non-Binary 0 0%
Unknown or missing 0 -
Sexual Orientation    
Gay, Lesbian, or Same-gender loving 89 93.7%
Bisexual 3 3.2%
Heterosexual or straight 2 2.1%
Declined to answer 1 1.0%
Unknown or missing 9 -
Median 34.5 -
Minimum 21 -
Maximum 62 -
Hispanic or Latino 33 38%
White 47 55%
Black or African American 6 7%
Asian ** -
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander ** -
American Indian or Alaskan Native ** -
Other/Multiple Race ** -
Race and Ethnicity Unknown ** -
Hospitalizations 2 -
Deaths 0 -

†A confirmed case has tested positive specifically for monkeypox virus. A probable case has tested positive for orthopoxvirus with no suspicion of other recent orthopoxvirus exposure and is pending confirmatory testing.


‡ Percents of total only calculated using known and uncensored data.


*Persons of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity may belong to any race group. All categories except Hispanic/Latino include persons for whom race is known but ethnicity is non-Hispanic or unknown. This report categorizes "Multiple Races" as "Other Race" so all people who report being multiple races are categorized as "Other Race." "Other Race" may not have a standardized definition across data collecting entities or among patients reporting their own demographics.


**Data Censored to protect confidentiality for probable/confirmed cases less than 6.

Note: Starting today (8/10/2022), T3 Dashboard will be updated on Mondays, with data through the previous Saturday.

Updated Weekly (Monday)




May 30-Aug 4
Confirmed/Probable Cases by Onset Date




Contact Incidents currently under investigation


Cumulative Contacts Incidents




Tecovirimat Courses Fulfilled

*A confirmed case has tested positive specifically for monkeypox virus. A probable case has tested positive for orthopoxvirus with no suspicion of other recent orthopoxvirus exposure and is pending confirmatory testing. 

County of San Diego Monkeypox T3 Dashboard PDF

Data as of: August 8, 2022
Dashboard Updated: August 9, 2022

Note: Starting today (8/10/2022), Cumulative Vaccine Summary will be updated on Mondays, with data through the previous Saturday.

Updated Weekly (Monday)

Data are preliminary and subject to change

Grey Arrow

26,638 doses requested by the County.


5,047 doses received by the County.1


4,647 doses allocated/distributed^ (2,377 have been administered). 


400 doses reserved for post-exposure prophylaxis. 

The number of doses received was allocated from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to respond to the current monkeypox outbreak. These doses are then distributed to public and community/hospital vaccination sites to administer.

^The number of doses distributed to healthcare systems, FQHC, and County clinics.

Data as of: August 9, 2022
Updated: August 10, 2022

Overview of the Situation

The  California Department of Public Health CDPH is closely monitoring monkeypox transmission in the U.S. and California to ensure rapid identification of cases. The County first issued a health advisory on May 23, 2022, following monkeypox cases that have occurred in the United States. The County will continue to provide health advisories about monkeypox. In 2022, most infections with monkeypox have been mild and limited to febrile illness with enlarged lymph nodes and rash. In the U.S., few patients have required hospitalization.


On May 17, 2022, a report states that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States.


On May 27, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported one confirmed case of monkeypox.

San Diego

On June 15, 2022, the County of San Diego (County) Health and Human Services Agency reported two probable cases of monkeypox in San Diego County. 


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Resources for individuals, communities, and organizations.

Translations versions will be posted once available.

Monkeypox Be Aware
Monkeypox - Lower Your Risk

Request a monkeypox presentation from our Live Well San Diego Speakers Speaker's Bureau.

On June 30, 2022, as part of San Diego Pride Week, County Public Health doctors held a virtual town hall on monkeypox and invasive meningococcal disease. This is a recording of that session with the community.

For more information, contact the Epidemiology Unit at (619) 692-8499 or send us an e-mail.


Get text updates about monkeypox from the County. Text COSD MONKEYPOX to 468-311. (phone users: tap to create the message)