CDC Emphasizes Important Safety Information for Monkeypox Specimen Collection

Published: 10/21/2022

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Relevant To:
  • Urgent Care,
  • Medical Office,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Office-Based Surgery,
  • Clinical Lab,
  • Rural Health Clinics

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is emphasizing important safety information about Monkeypox specimen collection. The agency continues to receive reports of unsafe specimen collection practices involving sharps (e.g. needles, scalpels). In the United States, at least three healthcare personnel have acquired monkeypox infection from sampling lesions while using a sharp instrument. The CDC is reminding providers that it is not necessary or recommended to unroof, open, or a

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