Evidence of surface contamination in hospital rooms occupied by patients infected with monkeypox, Germany, June 2022

Euro Surveill. 2022 Jun;27(26):2200477. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2022.27.26.2200477.


The extent of monkeypox virus environmental contamination of surfaces is unclear. We examined surfaces in rooms occupied by two monkeypox patients on their fourth hospitalisation day. Contamination with up to 105 viral copies/cm2 on inanimate surfaces was estimated by PCR and the virus was successfully isolated from surfaces with more than 106 copies. These data highlight the importance of strict adherence of hospital staff to recommended protective measures. If appropriate, pre-exposure or early post-exposure vaccination should be considered for individuals at risk.

Keywords: environmental contamination; monkeypox virus; personal protective equipment; transmission; vaccination.

MeSH terms

  • Germany
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Monkeypox virus*
  • Monkeypox* / transmission