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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has compiled and developed resources on what clinicians need to know about mpox (formerly monkeypox). While mpox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks, severe cases and death have occurred during the current outbreak, so it is important for critical care clinicians to recognize potential mpox infections. Visit SCCM’s mpox web page for additional details.
Updated December 2, 2022
The World Health Organization will be transitioning to using the preferred term “mpox” while phasing out the term monkeypox over the next year.
SCCM supports this change. The former term may still appear in existing SCCM resources and in limited instances to mitigate confusion and allow for resources to be searchable amidst the current outbreak.
To learn more, visit: Infection Control: Healthcare Settings | Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC
Update on Commercial Orthopoxvirus Testing — Aegis Sciences and Quest Diagnostics began testing for orthopoxvirus at their labs. The addition of these two commercial laboratories increases the current capacity provided through CDC’s Laboratory Response Network (LRN), Labcorp, and Mayo Clinic Laboratories. More information can be found in CDC's media statement.
Posted: 5/31/2022 | 0 comments
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