Case Report and Literature Review of Occupational Transmission of Monkeypox Virus to Healthcare Workers, South Korea

Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 May;29(5):997-1001. doi: 10.3201/eid2905.230028. Epub 2023 Mar 1.


We report a case of occupational monkeypox virus infection from a needlestick injury in a healthcare worker in South Korea and review similar reports in the literature during 2022. Postexposure prophylactic treatment with a third-generation smallpox vaccine and antiviral agent tecovirimat inhibited local virus spread and alleviated lesion pain.

Keywords: South Korea; healthcare; healthcare worker patient transmission; monkeypox virus; mpox; needlestick injuries; occupational injuries; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / diagnosis
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / epidemiology
  • Needlestick Injuries*
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology
  • Smallpox Vaccine*


  • Smallpox Vaccine