Monkeypox virus (MPXV)

Please note that this page is currently under construction and more content will follow. In the interim, Ottawa Public Health offers the following links for information:

Background information

  • Monkeypox virus overview: includes information on transmission and clinical signs / symptoms as well as links to important documents and resources (Ontario Ministry of Health).
  • Pathogen Safety Data Sheet for Monkeypox: provides referenced technical information on the infectious agent, transmission, etiology, treatment and vaccination, and IPAC precautions (Public Health Agency of Canada).
  • Information for clinicians: includes detailed clinical information on treatment, case and contact management, and vaccination (USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Monkeypox detailed fact sheet: Provides an overview of the virus, transmission, epidemiology, clinical considerations including treatment, case and contact management, and prevention (World Health Organization).

Laboratory testing

  • Testing information for monkeypox virus: provides information on the indications for testing, specimen collection and handling, test requisitions, reporting, and testing methods (Public Health Ontario).

Infection Prevention and Control

Reporting to Public Health

Monkeypox is reportable immediately to Ottawa Public Health (this includes suspect cases for whom lab results are not yet available):

  • Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Call 613-580-2424, extension 24224 or fax 613-580-9640. A generic webform and reporting form (pdf - 235 KB) are available for your convenience.
  • After hours, on weekends, or holidays: Call 3-1-1

Vaccination

The Imvamune® live non-replicating vaccine for monkeypox is available to select eligible persons for both Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Please direct eligible persons interested in accessing this vaccine to our general monkeypox virus page for more information.

Patient resources

Contact us

For more information, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. Please provide your designation and reason for calling to ensure call priority.

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