Information For Healthcare Professionals

NewNotice: Mpox illness, including severe infections, continue to occur across the United States. CDC urges clinicians to consider mpox when lesions consistent with mpox are observed in a patient, even if an alternate etiology (e.g., herpes simplex virus, syphilis) is considered more likely. Consult public health authorities for access to mpox therapeutics when appropriate. Treatment with tecovirimat can be considered via the NIH sponsored STOMP trial. Tecovirimat use under the expanded access Investigational New Drug protocol must be for patients who meet eligibility criteria and per the recommended dosing.

For persons with sexual risk factors for mpox who have not been diagnosed with mpox during the ongoing outbreak or have not already received 2 doses of the vaccine, CDC asks that clinicians encourage vaccination. Administration of additional vaccine doses is currently not recommended for any population and may not be legally covered if administered.

Caring for Patients
Key Characteristics for Identifying Mpox

CDC urges healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with mpox.

Clinical Recognition
Prevent and Control Mpox
Vaccine Information

When properly administered before an exposure, vaccines are effective at protecting people against mpox.