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Last updated: Aug. 5, 2022

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The Ask a Librarian team is committed to curating evidence-based resources on emerging health topics. On July 23 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Monkeypox, now known as mpox, is a zoonotic infection and member of the orthopox family of viruses, related to smallpox virus, which was eradicated through vaccination. In 2022, outbreaks of monkeypox infection have been reported in atypical areas and in people without travel links to endemic regions.  Here are some librarian-selected resources from a variety of tools offered with CMA membership or freely available online.

Clinical summaries

DynaMed -  Monkeypox - within topic summary for Orthopoxvirus Infections (Including Smallpox and Monkeypox) 

BMJ Best practice - Monkeypox - Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

ClinicalKey – Clinical Overview: Monkeypox (login required - CMA members only – search “monkeypox” and the clinical overview appears on the right)

Merck Manual Professional Edition - Monkeypox - Infectious Diseases

UptoDate - Monkeypox

VisualDX - Monkeypox

Guidelines and other information


Canadian Clinical practice guidelines on Monkeypox - CPG Infobase

Health Canada - Monkeypox: Outbreak update

Public Health Agency of Canada - Monkeypox: For health professionals

Infection Prevention and Control Canada - Monkeypox

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) - Monkeypox virus (MPXV)


British Columbia - BC Centre for Disease Control – Information for Health Professionals - Monkeypox

Yukon – Health concerns, diseases and conditions - Learn about monkeypox

Alberta – Disease prevention and surveillance - Monkeypox virus

Saskatchewan – Emerging public health issues - Monkeypox: Emerging Public Health Issues

Manitoba – Public Health - Monkeypox: Health

Ontario - Ministry of Health & Ministry of Long-Term care - Emergency Planning and Preparedness: Monkeypox Virus

Ontario – Public Health Ontario - Monkeypox Virus

Quebec - Simian pox

Newfoundland and Labrador – Health and Community Services - Monkeypox - Health and Community Services

New Brunswick – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health - Monkeypox

Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Communicable Diseases Manual - Monkeypox


Center for infectious Disease research and Policy (CIDRAP) (University of Minnesota) - Monkeypox - Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Information For Healthcare Professionals | Monkeypox | Poxvirus

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) - Factsheet for health professionals on monkeypox

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security - Monkeypox

World Health Organization - Monkeypox outbreak 2022

Book Chapters

ClinicalKey (login required - CMA members only - includes 1,000+ textbooks, 600 full-text journals, images, videos and customizable patient handouts across 30+ medical specialties)

Open access:

Monkeypox. By Moore M, Zahra F. 2022 May 22. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–.PMID: 34662033

Evidence reviews

CADTH – Health Technology Review: Tecovirimat for the Treatment of Human Monkeypox

McMaster Health Forum - Living evidence profile 6: What is the best-available evidence related to the monkeypox outbreak?  (Identifies evidence and experiences from 11 countries (Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (U.K.), and the United States, and from all Canadian provinces and territories)

Articles and article collections:

Patient information

BC Centre for Disease Control - Monkeypox

BMJ Best Practice - Monkeypox - Patient information from BMJ

First Nations Health Authority - Frequently Asked Questions: Monkeypox

JAMA Patient Page - What Is Monkeypox?

National Health Service (NHS - UK) - Monkeypox

World Health Organization (WHO)- Monkeypox [ Factsheet ]

UpToDate - Patient education: Monkeypox (The Basics)

Social media, news and other sources

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This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The opinions stated by the authors are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiaries including Joule.

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