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LAC DPH Health Update: Monkeypox Updates and Provider Webinar this Thursday, June 9th

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Key Messages

  • The CDC is tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don't normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • Currently there is one confirmed case of monkeypox in LA County.
  • Healthcare providers are urged to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox and to report suspect cases.
  • Paired swab samples using dry synthetic swabs are needed to collect specimens from suspect monkeypox cases. Providers are asked to review specimen collection instructions to ensure adequate supplies are available.
  • LAC DPH will be hosting a live webinar for healthcare providers this Thursday, June 9, from 4-5 pm.

Situation

The one case of monkeypox in LA County is an adult resident who recently traveled and had a known close contact to another probable case of monkeypox. The case is recovering. As of June 7, 2022, the number of confirmed cases in California is 7, and in the United States, 35. Many cases have had mild illness.

For the most current case counts and situation updates, visit the LAC DPH general Monkeypox webpage section Current Situation in LA County

Providers should reference the LAC DPH healthcare provider monkeypox webpage for the most current clinical information. 

Monkeypox Webinar this Thursday 

LAC DPH will be hosting a live webinar with a Q&A for healthcare providers.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 4-5pm (Pacific Time)
No advance registration needed
Click here to join the live webinarEvent password: T3fTg6J3c2Y

The webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing from the LAC DPH healthcare provider monkeypox webpage.

CDC Monkeypox Suspect Case Definition

Providers should report suspect monkeypox cases immediately to their local health department.

Suspect case is a patient with:

  • A new characteristic rash

OR 

  • One of the epidemiologic criteria AND a high clinical suspicion for monkeypox.


History of travel is important but not required in identifying suspect cases for testing. 

See CDC Case Definitions for Use in 2022 Monkeypox Response for more information.

Specimen Collection

Dry swabs are required for poxvirus PCR testing. Paired sets of swab samples are required for testing because monkeypox-specific PCR confirmation and clade differentiation is performed as a send-out test to CDC. The swab used should be made of flocked or spun synthetic material. A dry sterile screw cap tube or dry sterile cup (e.g., urine specimen container) should be used for transport of swab. Do not place swabs in any type of transport media.

Providers should review their facility supplies to ensure correct swabs are available.

Specimen collection involves vigorous, firm swabbing of lesions (vesicular, pustular, or crusted) to obtain fluid or pus with paired sets of DRY synthetic swabs. Additionally, scabs or crusts may be removed for collection and placed in a dry, sterile container.

Swab and scab/crust specimens should be stored refrigerated and ideally frozen within 1 hour.

Decisions and approval regarding testing will be made in consultation with the local health department. Consultation is required prior to specimen submission to discuss pertinent medical information (e.g., rash onset date, rash type, symptoms, smallpox vaccination date if relevant), exposure history, and need for photos. Additional details regarding specimen collection and coordination for transport will be provided when the suspect case is reported. Specimens received at the Public Health Laboratory without medical epidemiologist approval will not be tested.

Reporting

Providers should report suspect monkeypox cases immediately.

  • Los Angeles County DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control
    Weekdays 8:30am - 5pm: call 213-240-7941
    After-hours: call 213-974-1234 and ask for the physician on call.
  • Long Beach Health and Human Services
    Weekdays 8am - 5pm: call 562-570-4302
    After-hours: call the duty officer at 562-500-5537.
  • Pasadena Public Health Department
    Weekdays 8am - 5pm: call 626-744-6089
    After-hours: call 626-744-6043.
 

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