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Mpox Awareness

We are updating our webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.

Mpox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with mpox virus. Human-to-human transmission of mpox is thought to occur primarily through large respiratory droplets; but, it can also be transmitted by direct contact with body fluids or lesion material and indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated clothing or linens.


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The Department of Defense continues to monitor human-to-human transmission of mpox. While it has not become a widespread threat to our forces, we are committed to the health and safety of our troops both at home and abroad.

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Last Updated: August 04, 2023
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