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Monkeypox

What clinicians need to know about the monkeypox outbreak. 

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is monitoring cases of monkeypox in the United States, as well as multiple clusters elsewhere in North America and in Europe. While monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks, severe cases can occur, so it is important for critical care clinicians to recognize potential monkeypox infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging U.S. healthcare professionals to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have traveled recently or have specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
 
SCCM has compiled these resources for you.

Monkeypox Outbreak: Frequently Asked Questions
SCCM experts summarize frequently asked questions for clinicians. 


What Clinicians Need to Know about Monkeypox in the United States and Other Countries
CDC COCA Call on May 24, 2022
    Monkeypox 101: What Clinicians Need to Know
A July 29 letter from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, notes that pain is emerging as a major issue with monkeypox and provides basic tools for managing it. 

 
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