July 11, 2022
Mayo Clinic Laboratories can now test for monkeypox after validating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) orthopoxvirus test kit. Patients can access testing through Mayo Clinic health care professionals and will soon be able to access testing through health care professionals who use Mayo Clinic Laboratories as their reference laboratory. In mid-June, the Department of Health and Human Services named Mayo Clinic Laboratories one of five commercial laboratories that can use the CDC test kit to increase monkeypox testing access in communities.
"Our teams have worked collaboratively with the CDC to validate this test to provide patients with accurate and timely answers," says William Morice II, M.D., Ph.D., president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. "Access to testing is vital to combat infectious diseases to ensure patients are reducing the spread of the illness and receiving the treatments they need."