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Mpox Awareness

We are updating our webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.


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Mpox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with mpox virus. Human-to-human transmission of mpox is thought to occur primarily through large respiratory droplets; but, it can also be transmitted by direct contact with body fluids or lesion material and indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated clothing or linens.

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The Department of Defense continues to monitor human-to-human transmission of mpox. While it has not become a widespread threat to our forces, we are committed to the health and safety of our troops both at home and abroad.

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Mpox Education Recommended as U.S. Cases Continue to Rise

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Although mpox is a rare disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages continued vigilance as the number of reported cases in the United States reached approximately 20,000 as of Sept. 6.

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