Monkeypox and Corrections: News from CDC
CDC is tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries, including the United States, and urging healthcare providers to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. To date, there have been no monkeypox cases identified among people in congregate settings. However, it is important for correctional and detention facilities to maintain situational awareness to help prevent the spread of the virus if it is introduced.
The CDC Monkeypox Response has created several resource documents for the public and for healthcare providers, including a document with considerations for congregate settings like correctional and detention facilities. Links to these resources are listed below.
- CDC’s Monkeypox Landing Page – information about signs and symptoms, prevention, transmission, treatment, outbreak data, and links to detailed recommendations for healthcare providers
- Preventing Monkeypox Spread in Congregate Settings – information on responding to cases in congregate settings, including protocols to isolate people who are infected and identify and monitor people who have been exposed, recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting, and guidance for use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Reducing Stigma in Monkeypox Communication and Community Engagement
- Social Gatherings, Safer Sex, and Monkeypox
If you have questions, please contact your state or local health department or the CDC Special Populations Team at [email protected].