Updated August 9, 2022
You have likely read or watched news stories in recent weeks about increasing numbers of people being infected with monkeypox. According to the CDC, there have been just over 4,900 confirmed cases. in the United States. There have been no deaths in the United States and only six reported deaths (five in countries on the continent of Africa and one in Brazil).
While deaths are not common, the CDC has issued guidance that may be useful to have on hand should deaths become more widespread:
NFDA confirmed with one of the profession’s preeminent embalming experts, Vernie Fountain, that this advice is solid. Vernie noted that following universal precautions while using a formaldehyde solution should kill the monkeypox virus. He recommends embalmers use the same kinds of disinfectants used during the COVID outbreak (see CDC infection protection guidance for more information).
You can find general information about Monkeypox, including signs and symptoms, prevention, information about how it spreads, etc., on the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.
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