Starting as we speak, Aegis Sciences will start testing for monkeypox utilizing CDC’s orthopoxvirus take a look at, which detects most non-smallpox associated orthopoxviruses, together with monkeypox virus.
The means of business laboratories to check for monkeypox is a vital pillar in our complete technique to fight this illness. This is not going to solely enhance testing capability but in addition make it extra handy for suppliers and sufferers to entry assessments through the use of present provider-to-laboratory networks.”
Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., CDC Director
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 assessments per week, growing the present capability offered by way of CDC’s Laboratory Response Network (LRN), Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics to as much as 70,000 assessments per week by the top of the month.
On June 22, HHS introduced that 5 business laboratory firms would quickly start providing monkeypox testing. Since then, CDC has shipped the assessments to the laboratories and their staff have been skilled on their administration, amongst different steps.
Anyone with a rash that appears like monkeypox ought to speak to their healthcare supplier about whether or not they should get examined, even when they do not assume they’d contact with somebody who has monkeypox. Healthcare suppliers nationwide can order the orthopoxvirus take a look at from Aegis simply as they’d usually order different assessments. People 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 extra business laboratories will come on-line within the coming days, and monkeypox testing capability will proceed to extend all through the month of July. Healthcare suppliers can entry data on Aegis’s take a look at at https://www.aegislabs.com/our-services/monkeypox/. The newest CDC data on monkeypox is accessible at www.cdc.gov/monkeypox.
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