05/17/2023: Lab Advisory: CDC Issues Health Alert for Potential Risk for New Mpox Cases

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Laboratory and Testing Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

On May 15, 2023, CDC issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) message about the potential risk for new mpox cases.

In the United States, cases of mpox (formerly monkeypox) have declined since the peak in August 2022, but the outbreak is not over. CDC continues to receive reports of cases that reflect ongoing community transmission in the United States and internationally.

To help prevent a renewed outbreak during the spring and summer months, CDC recommends that clinical laboratories refamiliarize themselves with mpox procedures for collection, handling, and shipping specimens as well as laboratory testing.

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