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Originator: CMO Messaging

From: CMO Messaging

Issue date: 16-May-2022 18:48:19

This alert has been issued to:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Other contacts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Special Health Authorities
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • Consultants in Communicable Diseases
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Out of hours contacts
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Primary Care Networks
  • GP Practices 1

Action category: Important information for immediate action

Title: Immediate actions in response to cases of Monkeypox Virus in the UK with no known travel history

Broadcast content: This safety message contains immediate actions for the NHS following seven confirmed cases of monkeypox virus. The actions are:

  1. Providers to ensure that they have appropriate PPE for the assessment and treatment of patients presenting with possible monkeypox virus. 
  2. Services should consider a differential diagnosis of monkeypox virus in any patient who meets the possible case definition in the attachment.
  3. Inform local IPC teams and infectious disease/microbiology/virology consultants if a diagnosis of monkeypox virus is being considered so that appropriate testing and infection control measures can be implemented.
The attachment contains further information and advice.

Additional information: NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Teams: please share this safety message with Community Pharmacy, Dental and Optical contractors.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2022/008


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