Monkeypox after Occupational Needlestick Injury from Pustule

Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 Dec;28(12):2516-2519. doi: 10.3201/eid2812.221374. Epub 2022 Oct 17.


We report a case of monkeypox in a physician after an occupational needlestick injury from a pustule. This case highlights risk for occupational transmission and manifestations of the disease after percutaneous transmission: a short incubation period, followed by a solitary lesion at the injured site and later by systemic symptoms.

Keywords: MPXV; Portugal; emerging communicable diseases; injuries; monkeypox; monkeypox virus; needlestick injury; occupational exposure; postexposure prophylaxis; pustule; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Mpox (monkeypox)*
  • Needlestick Injuries*
  • Occupational Injuries*