Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to past smallpox patients, although clinically less severe. In the past, outbreaks have primarily occurred in Central and West Africa often in proximity to tropical rainforests; however, the Monkeypox Virus has been increasingly appearing in urban areas and most recently has been a major concern across the United States. Some states have even issued a state of emergency to help manage the viral outbreak. Monkeypox presents as a serious public health concern for all people.
On July 23, 2022, The World Health Organization declared Monkeypox a global emergency according to an Associated Press article. As of August 2, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2022 U.S. Map & Case Count estimates that there are over 6,300 confirmed cases in the United States, with only 2 states not reporting any. Epidemiologists and public health experts said, in a recent NPR article, that time is running out to contain the outbreak, despite expanded testing and plans to release another 1.6 million vaccine doses in coming months.
As Monkeypox continues to be of concern for many facilities across the nation, Inspirien’s Risk Consultants have complied a list of helpful resources and links that include guidance from both state and national resources. Below you will find the Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) link for reporting of suspected Monkeypox cases, links to the CDC for clinical guidance; including an algorithm for suspicion of cases, as well as slides from the July 26th, 2022 Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity Call (COCA). Additional resources include Infection Control, Vaccine Guidance, Specimen Storage, Collection and Shipment Guidance, printable graphics, resources, and videos.
Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Monkeypox Testing Consultation Form:
CDC Specimen Collection, Storage & Shipment:
CDC Printable Resources & Graphics:
CDC Clinical Guidance:
CDC Vaccine Guidance:
CDC Clinician FAQ’s:
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