Monkeypox

Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids, sores or materials that have touched them, such as clothing or linens. It may also spread through respiratory secretions when people have close, face-to-face contact. Smallpox vaccines are effective at protecting people against monkeypox when given before exposure and may also help prevent the disease or make it less severe.

Nov 3, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services today renewed the nation’s monkeypox public health emergency declaration for another 90 days. When the PHE was announced in August, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., said the declaration would provide access to…
Oct 26, 2022
As the monkeypox outbreak slows in the U.S., a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights devastating outcomes of monkeypox for people with severely weakened immune systems, particularly those with untreated HIV. The report examines 57 patients hospitalized with…
Oct 17, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported the first U.S. monkeypox case in a health care worker since the outbreak began in May. The report describes how an emergency department nurse in Florida was exposed to the virus through a needlestick, and recommends approaches to…
Oct 10, 2022
The FDA authorized for emergency use the first commercial test kit to detect monkeypox in lesion swab specimens.
Oct 3, 2022
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra last week extended for 10 years his Aug. 4 public health emergency for monkeypox under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, and authorized additional providers to administer vaccines and therapeutics under the emergency declaration…
Sep 30, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday recommended clinicians test all sexually active patients with monkeypox symptoms for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections due to the risk for severe monkeypox in individuals with HIV and other immunocompromising conditions.
Sep 20, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday recommended clinicians adhere to all recommendations to prevent monkeypox transmission in health care settings, including using the recommended personal protective equipment.
Sep 20, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) yesterday alerted the sector to a monkeypox-themed phishing campaign targeting health care providers.
Sep 16, 2022
The risk of monkeypox to exposed health care personnel is “very low,” according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sep 13, 2022
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yesterday confirmed the first death due to monkeypox in a Los Angeles County resident who was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized.