On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization declared Monkeypox (MPX) a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) given the continued spread of the disease globally. On August 4, Health and Human Services followed with a public health emergency declaration for the U.S.
Since May 14, 2022, Monkeypox cases have been reported in multiple countries outside the endemic regions of West and Central Africa. A handful of deaths are also now being reported in non-endemic countries. Cases within the Navy and Marine Corps community have been identified and, likely, additional cases will continue to emerge. Transmission is through close contact with bodily fluids, which can be present in skin lesions, scabs and clothing/linens of affected individuals. The vast majority of cases are occurring through intimate skin-to-skin encounters. People who have close, intimate contact with someone who has Monkeypox are the most at risk.
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is tracking this situation closely. Guidance for Operational and Fleet medical departments as well as for Navy and Marine Corps installations can be found below.
Confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the following countries (as of 6/6/22). See global map of cases:
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