June 29, 2022
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released an advisory for health care providers on the evolving monkeypox outbreak.
The advisory includes information for physicians who are or may soon be caring for patients exposed to or confirmed to have monkeypox infections. Topics covered include epidemiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnostic considerations, testing strategies, medical countermeasures, infection control, and recommendations for communicating effectively with patients about monkeypox.
As of June 23, 2022, there are 3,500 suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox reported from 44 non-endemic countries in the current outbreak, which began in May 2022. In the United States, there are 173 confirmed cases, 59 of those in California. Monkeypox testing is currently available in California in limited capacity at 10 public health laboratories.