Monkeypox Virus Infection Resulting from an Occupational Needlestick - Florida, 2022

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2022 Oct 21;71(42):1348-1349. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7142e2.


In August 2022, the Florida Department of Health notified CDC of a nurse who acquired monkeypox through an occupational exposure while providing care to a patient with monkeypox. To date, occupationally acquired Monkeypox virus (MPXV) infections in health care personnel (HCP) have been rarely reported during the 2022 multinational outbreak (1,2). This report describes the first reported U.S. case and recommends approaches for preventing occupationally acquired MPXV infections in HCP.

MeSH terms

  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / diagnosis
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / epidemiology
  • Needlestick Injuries* / epidemiology