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Q&A: Safe handling of monkeypox in the laboratory

The CDC has updated its guidance on infection control of monkeypox for healthcare settings, reminding providers that any case suspected of being of the more deadly Congo Basin clade requires more extensive precautions, including the handling of hazardous medical waste (HMW). Any medical waste from a confirmed or suspected case of Congo Basin monkeypox must be treated under Category A, much like cases of Ebola or smallpox, according to the CDC’s guide to handling solid Category A waste, updated in June.

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