Mpox (monkeypox): How operators can reduce the risk of spread in community settings

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Who this resource is for

This resource is for people who operate non-health care community settings, particularly where activities that may increase the risk of mpox (monkeypox) transmission occur, such as:

How to use this resource

If you operate a community setting, this resource can help you:

This advice is based on the best available scientific evidence, expert opinion, and precautionary principles. However, please keep in mind:

Review the sections below for specific questions and actions to consider when assessing your setting and the activities in it. These will also help you in determining which measures to use to help reduce the risk of mpox spreading in your setting.

Mpox (monkeypox) activity in your community and setting

Anyone can get mpox if they come into close contact with someone who has the virus. Currently, the majority of cases are among men who report close or sexual contact with other men. However, the risk of exposure to the virus is not limited to any particular group or setting.

It’s important to monitor the mpox situation in your community. This will keep you informed about the potential for someone with mpox visiting your setting.

Using several different public health measures together is an effective way to reduce the spread of mpox. If you have questions about any of these measures, consult:

Questions to consider

Actions to consider

Activities that may increase the risk of mpox (monkeypox) spread

Certain activities may increase the risk of transmission if someone with mpox is in your setting. These include:

Mpox (monkeypox) is more likely to spread in settings where people engage in close or sexual contact, particularly with new partners, multiple partners or anonymous partners.

Questions to consider

Actions to consider

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