|Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, July 20, 2022
Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine
The Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) has announced a temporary change to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.
The most recent count of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. was more than 2,000. However, cases are believed to be undercounted due to limited testing capabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 14,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, 5 deaths.
Reporting of notifiable diseases and conditions is required under 22 M.R.S., Chapter 250, §802 and §822. Failure to report could result in preventable morbidity or mortality. Maine CDC is authorized to advise through publicly noticed Health Alerts the public health need for the temporary reporting of any disease or condition in the state of Maine to study and control any apparent outbreak or unusual occurrence of communicable diseases.
All results should be reported electronically as required by statute. These changes will remain in effect for a period of one year and may be reassessed at any time.
As previously noted, swab samples for monkeypox testing can be sent to Maine CDC’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) or to a commercial laboratory. Currently there are several commercial labs that offer monkeypox testing; other labs are expected to become available in coming weeks and months.
For more information:
Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN): Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine - July 15, 2022
Maine CDC monkeypox website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/monkeypox
Maine CDC notifiable conditions rule: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectiousdisease/epi/disease-reporting/documents/notifiable-conditions-rule-2-17-2021.pdf
HHS Orders Additional Vaccine, Increases Testing Capacity To Respond To Monkeypox Outbreak (HHS press release)
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