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MONKEYPOX Public Health Emergencv

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Monkeypox
Health Emergency

  • Caused by monkeypox virus (MPV).
  • NOT related to smallpox but is in the same family as chickenpox (Varicella).
  • Animal hosts are NOT limited to monkeys.
  • 98% of new cases are in new areas where MPV is not usually found.
  • Historically very rare and isolated, cases now exponentially increasing, topping 10,000 cases in the USA as of August, 2022

SPECIMEN NEEDED: Use Viral Transport Media (VTM) only!

  • Scab or Crusts from Skin Lesion

OR

  • Swabs of Skin Lesions
    • DO NOT use cotton swabs
    • Swab 2-3 lesions separately
    • Two swabs from each skin lesion should be collected
    • Swab each skin lesion vigorously to collect adequate DNA
    • Not necessary to remove or “de-roof” the scab before swabbing.
  1. Patients with skin lesions & an unclear diagnosis and are likely to have been exposed to monkeypox:
    • Confirmed contact with someone who has monkeypox
    • People with multiple sexual partners in an area of known monkeypox outbreak
  2. People who work in jobs with increased exposure
    • Lab workers
    • Healthcare or public health workers

Monkeypox lesions:

  • Appear in ANY part of the body
  • Can be mistaken for other skin lesions and sexually transmitted diseases STIs.

If diagnosis or testing is unclear consider testing for the following:

  • Herpes type 1 & 2
  • Syphilis
  • Chanchroid or Haemohylis ducreyi.

CDC recommends vaccination for:

  1. Those who have been exposed
  2. Those who are likely to be exposed
    • Confirmed contact with someone who has Monkeypox
    • People with multiple sexual partners in an area of known Monkeypox outbreak
    • People who work in jobs with increased exposure
      • Lab workers
      • Healthcare or public health workers

There are currently NO vaccines available for monkeypox.

However, two current vaccines for smallpox can be effective.

ACAM200 JYNNEOS
Live Vaccinia Virus Live NON-replicating virus
1 sub-q injection 2 sub-q injections 4 weeks apart
Full protection after 4 weeks. Full protection 2 weeks after 2nd injection
  • Without treatment monkeypox is usually mild, self-limiting and rarely fatal. Therefore, treatment may be limited to symptomatic care.
  • There are currently no treatments specific to monkeypox.
  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX, ST-246) used to treat smallpox has been given emergency investigational status.

Please see attached links below for updates. 

Monkeypox Printable/Downloadable Resources

Monkeypox Clinical Course FYI

Monkeypox Did You Know? Flyer

Monkeypox Fact Sheet

MONKEYPOX in BriefFAQ

PROSPECT Monkeypox Bulletin

 

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