Nosocomial transmission of MPOX virus to health care workers –an emerging occupational hazard: A case report and review of the literature

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

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Abstract

We present an unusual case of monkeypox (MPOX) 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 health care 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1072-1076
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Keywords

  • Felon finger
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Occupational exposure
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Viral DNA sequencing

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