In Prehospital Settings
EMS and healthcare clinicians should know the signs of Monkeypox
The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) is providing updates about the recently evolving situation regarding the spread of Monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious viral disease. Monkeypox has emerged in countries in which it is not normally found, including the United States. To ensure early detection and isolation of the infected, EMS/prehospital and hospital clinicians should be on alert for signs of the disease.
Monkeypox can spread between humans via contact with skin lesions and infected respiratory droplets. It is important to recognize and report cases of the disease to the local public health department for surveillance purposes.
Visit the link above or review these EMS strategies for preventing the spread of monkeypox:
- Given the actions of the public health authorities, it is very unlikely that EMS clinicians will encounter a person infected with Monkeypox during routine operations. However, EMS professionals should follow an identify, isolate, and inform strategy, as outlined in NETEC’s webinar The I’s Have It: Identify, Isolate, and Inform to stop the spread of illness.
- Find additional resources on clinical care and infection control related to Monkeypox.
If you suspect a case of Monkeypox, contact your state health department for possible initiation of special pathogen transport protocols.
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