Occupational Exposure to Orthopoxviruses Among Laboratory Personnel

Laboratory-acquired exposures to orthopoxviruses and subsequent infections are occasionally reported  among laboratory personnel. In the United States, 14 Orthopoxvirus infections were reported during  2004–2014 among personnel working in diagnostic and research facilities. However, the true number of  infections might be higher as not all Orthopoxvirus infections are reported.

Diagnostic and research facilities that handle Orthopoxviruses should therefore have established  procedures instructing their staff in how to prevent and respond to occupational exposures.

Case Reports

8 pregressive steps infection from needle stick

Progression of infection following an accidental needle stick inoculation with Vaccinia virus. From Moussatché et al, 2003.