Monkey Pox

Monkey Pox Information for Clinicians

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkey pox. Click here for full information from the CDC.

If you suspect a human patient has Monkey Pox, you may collect specimens.  However, Placer County Public Health must determine if epidemiological and clinical criteria is met and approve specimens for testing.   

To Determine if Testing Criteria is Met

Send pertinent medical records, photographs (if available ) and a Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) via secure fax to: 530.886.2945, Attn:  Monkey Pox

For the CMR disease choose Unusual/Other

Specimen Collection Requirements

Follow personal protection equipment guidance when collecting specimens

Swab lesions using sterile nylon, polyester, or Dacron swabs with plastic or aluminum shaft

More than one lesion should be sampled, preferably from different body sites, for preliminary and confirmatory testing

  • If possible, unroof lesions with sterile needle
  • Vigorously swab each lesion with two separate sterile dry swabs
  • Break off swabs into separate 1.5- or 2-mL screw-capped tubes with O-ring, or place each entire swab in a separate sterile container

Sample, label, and store each lesion specimen separately.

  • Label each specimen with patient name, date of birth, date and time collected and lesion location/number

Do not add or store in any type of transport medium

Specimen Storage and Shipping

Store all specimens at 4°C if shipping within 24-72 hours; store at -80C if shipping will be delayed.

Placer County Public Health will advise on next steps depending on your site’s shipping capabilities. 

Please keep in mind receiving laboratories are closed on weekend and holidays. Specimens may need to be sent overnight and must arrive within 72 hours of collection.