Health26 August, 2022

Wolters Kluwer makes mpox* (formerly monkeypox) content free to clinicians worldwide in response to global health emergency

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What: The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has declared mpox* a global health emergency. To fulfill the global need for evidence-based information amid this outbreak, Wolters Kluwer has made mpox* content on UpToDate® free, and created a mpox* resource page that includes links to relevant medical journal research articles in Ovid®.

The resource page can be accessed here.

“In order to help clinicians and researchers worldwide responding to the mpox* outbreak, we are providing them with the latest evidence-based information that ultimately helps them to provide the best care to their patients,” said Stacey Caywood, Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer, Health.

Wolters Kluwer also has experts available to comment on the mpox* outbreak.

Who: Dr. Martin Hirsch, editor-in-chief of infectious diseases and section editor of viral infections for UpToDate, senior physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School can provide his expert perspective on the mpox* outbreak.

“Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic infection that may result in a rash similar to that observed in smallpox. Its clinical manifestations may include fevers, chills, lymph node swelling, aches and pains. Deaths from monkeypox are, fortunately, quite rare.”

“Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus can occur in several ways:

  • Direct contact – spread occurs primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids.
  • Indirect contact through materials – Transmission can occur through contact with materials that have been contaminated with infected material, such as clothing or linens.
  • Vertical transmission – The virus can cross the placenta from the mother to her fetus, which can lead to congenital monkeypox.”

“Vaccines for monkeypox are available, but on a limited basis, and the criteria for receiving a vaccine may vary based on your risk status and where you live.”

“If you think you have monkeypox, isolate yourself from your household, and call your provider.”

How: Contact Ashley Beine at [email protected] to schedule an interview with Dr. Martin Hirsch. Journalists may also publish quotes above with proper attribution.

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*In November 2022, the World Health Organization, who is responsible for naming and renaming of diseases under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), changed the name of the disease referred to as “monkeypox” to “mpox” This change was made to follow current best practices of not naming diseases after animals or geographic locations, and to reduce any stigma that could be associated with the original name. The virus that causes mpox will continue to be referred to as monkeypox virus until the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) officially decides what the name of the virus should be.

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