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About Human Monkeypox (MPX)

Human monkeypox (MPX) is a zoonotic disease caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV). Recent reports indicate the spread of monkeypox outside of traditionally endemic regions. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are urging healthcare providers to be alert for and test patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox.  

CDC Guidance Monkeypox (MPX) Sample Collection and Transport

The CDC indicates that The type of acceptable specimen (dry swab or wet swab in transport media) for diagnostic testing may vary depending on the laboratory. Contact the appropriate laboratory facility to determine the specimen types accepted. A specimen that is not collected correctly may lead to false or inconclusive test results.*  

* Refer to the CDC’s “Preparation and Collection of Specimens for Monkeypox” for the most current guidance for sample collection indications and devices for Monkeypox.

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Transport Medium® Collection Kits

COPAN’s collection & transport kits for viral specimens combine state-of-the-art FLOQSwab® flocked sample collection swabs with the exceptional sample preservation of UTM Universal Transport Medium®.

UTM Universal Transport Medium® is FDA cleared for collection, transport, preservation, and long-term freeze storage of clinical specimens containing viruses for viral molecular diagnostic testing

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The material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always refer to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, professional healthcare organizations, or other qualified healthcare providers for current guidance.

Always read the manufacturer’s package insert for specific instructions regarding specimen collection and transport for the type of test kit being used.


The Latest Research About Monkeypox Sample Collection and Transport

COPAN’s Research Roundup is authored by Dr. Susan Sharp, COPAN’s Scientific Director! In this edition, Dr. Sharp summarizes research posters regarding Monkeypox Collection and Transport

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COPAN Diagnostics is part of COPAN Group, the leading manufacturer of sample collection and transport systems in the world. COPAN is committed to continuously bringing value to the pre-analytical phase of Microbiology by providing innovative solutions inspired by the clinical microbiology community.

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