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Aegis Sciences to Begin Monkeypox Testing Today, Increasing Nationwide Testing Capacity | CDC Online Newsroom

Beginning in the present day, Aegis Sciences will start testing for monkeypox utilizing CDC’s orthopoxvirus check, which detects most non-smallpox associated orthopoxviruses, together with monkeypox virus.

“The power of business laboratories to check for monkeypox is a crucial pillar in our complete technique to fight this illness,” mentioned CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H.  “This won’t solely improve testing capability but in addition make it extra handy for suppliers and sufferers to entry checks through the use of current provider-to-laboratory networks.”

Aegis will carry out this testing at its laboratories in Nashville, Tenn., and may settle for specimens from wherever within the nation. Aegis expects to have the ability to carry out as much as 10,000 checks per week, rising the present capability supplied by CDC’s Laboratory Response Community (LRN), Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics to as much as 70,000 checks per week by the tip of the month.

On June 22, HHS introduced

Anybody with a rash that seems like monkeypox ought to speak to their healthcare supplier about whether or not they should get examined, even when they don’t assume they’d contact with somebody who has monkeypox. Healthcare suppliers nationwide can order the orthopoxvirus check from Aegis simply as they’d usually order different checks. Individuals in search of testing for monkeypox should seek the advice of with their healthcare supplier first; they can not individually go to an Aegis laboratory, submit a specimen, and request testing. Aegis will use digital laboratory reporting to report outcomes to jurisdictions as outlined within the CDC reporting steerage.

CDC anticipates further business laboratories

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