Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – November 1, 2022
November 1, 2022
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A severe spectrum of monkeypox disease is appearing in patients with untreated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to urge HIV testing for patients with monkeypox.
Although the most likely scenario is that monkeypox cases will fall significantly in the next few months, transmission in the United States is “unlikely to be eliminated in the near future,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Misinformation has been the enemy of truth during a pandemic that now has exceeded two years and taken a million lives, but there also has been genuine scientific disagreement that would seem inevitable given the many variables of the response.
As the first step in an ambitious research agenda to address healthcare racial inequities and hospital infections, Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC, is starting at ground zero: “hygiene poverty.”