Monkeypox Resources for Social Workers

microscopic view of monkeypox virus

Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection of the monkeypox virus. Symptoms are similar to smallpox but milder and include fever, chills, fatigues and an itchy rash that looks like pimples or blisters. About 19,000 cases had been reported in the United States by August 2022.

Data suggests that the current outbreak in the United States has high rates of known cases among men who have sex with other men. However, the disease can spread to anyone who has had close personal contact with others.


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Monkeypox: The State of the Science

American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Academy of Medicine hosted a webinar on Aug. 18, 2022. An expert panel discussed the current state of the science of monkeypox, the disease epidemiology as we understand it today, available and emergent prevention options, critical research questions we need to answer, and what we should consider and plan for as we respond to this outbreak.

Watch a recording of the APHA / National Academy of Medicine webinar

CDC Monkeypox 101 Webinar

September 28, 2022 – 2 p.m. ET

Learn about the basics of monkeypox and CDC’s response to the current outbreak. Learn the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, how it spreads, understand your risk, and how to prevent and treat monkeypox. Hear about trends for the current outbreak in the United States, how CDC is responding to and working toward reducing stigma surrounding monkeypox, and how you can help.

Register for the CDC's "Monkeypox 101" webinar

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