Nosocomial transmission of mpox virus to healthcare workers -an emerging occupational hazard – a case report and review of the literature


We present an unusual case of mpox(monkeypox) virus transmission to a dermatology resident during examination of affected patients. Viral DNA sequencing led to the identification of the most likely contact. This case, along with a review of all published cases so far, emphasizes the possible hazard of mpox transmission to healthcare personnel, even when wearing personal protective equipment. It also emphasizes the need for maintaining high index of suspicion when examining patients with new dermatological lesions and strict compliance with the revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for specimen collection from such patients.

Authors: Ari Safir, Margarita Safir, Oryan Henig, Meital Nahari, Ora Halutz, Katia Levytskyi, Michal Mizrahi, Michal Yakubovsky, Amos Adler, Ronen Ben-Ami, Eli Sprecher, Michal Dekel
; Full Source: American journal of infection control 2023 Feb 1;S0196-6553(23)00046-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2023.01.006.