Anyone with prolonged physical contact with someone who has mpox is at risk of developing the infection.
It is important to be aware of the current outbreak and follow the preventative measures described below.
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Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) is conducting mpox testing in Nebraska. The laboratory is NOT experiencing any shortfalls in test capacity and results are frequently reported within 24 hours. Physicians should have a low threshold to test a patient presenting with a characteristic rash.
Commercial laboratories including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare are now beginning to test for mpox. This list will be updated as more laboratories come online.
Currently, there is no treatment approved specifically for mpox virus infections. However, antivirals developed for use in patients with smallpox may be used to prevent and treat mpox virus infections.
Tecovirimat (TPOXX) is an antiviral medication that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of smallpox and may be considered following consultation with CDC for people who are likely to get severely ill with mpox (e.g., immunocompromised, pregnant or breastfeeding, comorbid conditions). This drug is currently available from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) as an option for the treatment of mpox.
Patients with mpox should isolate and follow prevention practices until cleared by public health officials after all lesions have resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.
The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Decisions regarding the discontinuation of isolation precautions at a healthcare facility should be made in consultation with the Local Health Department and DHHS. Please refer to CDC's Isolation and Prevention Practices for People with Mpox.
Patients should isolate until all lesions have resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.
People with mpox should adhere to these recommendations until cleared by public health: