Monkeypox–Information for Health Professionals

Posted on: May 20, 2022

The BC Centre For Disease Control has added a new page with information for health care providers on Monkeypox. No cases have been recorded in BC, but the province is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Monkeypox virus belongs to the orthopoxvirus family and occurs sporadically in forested parts of Central and West Africa. It is a zoonotic disease and is typically transmitted from animal to person - but can be transmitted from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets.

It is not a sexually transmitted disease but transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, and items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores.

You can find more information on symptoms, laboratory testing and diagnosis, infection control precautions, treatment and notification/reporting requirements.

All suspected cases should be discussed with your local microbiologist and infectious disease specialist to coordinate appropriate diagnostic testing and management.

For suspected cases in a community setting, an N95 is recommended, with added eye protection (droplet) and disposable gown and gloves.

In hospital settings, airborne precautions should be implemented as soon as possible for any suspected cases.

Please obtain infection control guidance and report suspected cases to the local Medical Health Officer immediately.