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.
Mar 20, 2023
The Food and Drug Administration Friday authorized for emergency use a molecular test to detect mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) at the point of care in lesion swab specimens from individuals whose health care provider suspects they have the virus.
Feb 13, 2023
The Food and Drug Administration Friday authorized for emergency use a real-time polymerase chain reaction test to detect mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) in lesion swab specimens from individuals whose health care provider suspects they have the virus
Dec 9, 2022
In a study of men under age 50 who were eligible to receive the JYNNEOS vaccine to prevent monkeypox (mpox) during the U.S. outbreak this year, unvaccinated men were 10 times more likely to get the virus than men who received the two-dose vaccine, and seven times more likely to get it than men who…
Nov 28, 2022
The World Health Organization today recommended a new name for monkeypox that is intended to mitigate a rise in related racist and stigmatizing language associated with the ailment. The WHO’s newly recommended preferred term is “mpox.”
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.