Mpox: Introductory course for African outbreak contexts








Mpox is an emerging infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans from infected animals, most commonly rodents. It can be spread to other people but person-to-person transmission alone cannot easily sustain an outbreak. The clinical presentation is similar to that seen in the past with smallpox but less severe. Smallpox was eradicated worldwide in 1980

However, mpox still occurs sporadically in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. Typically, case fatality in mpox outbreaks has been 1-10% but with appropriate care, most patients will recover. This course provides a general introduction to mpox and is intended for health personnel responsible for prevention and control of mpox.

**Please note: This course was developed in 2020. For the latest updates, please refer to the relevant health topics on the WHO website.

To learn more about prevention and management of mpox, please refer to the extended training in English here. This training is also available in French here.

Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. This course was last updated in 2020 and will be updated to reflect this change of name. In the meantime, any reference to monkeypox across the course materials should be read as mpox.

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Español – Français – Русский – 中文 – Português – العربية – Naijá

Course contents

This module provides an introductory-level overview of the disease.

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