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Mpox is an infectious disease which in 2022-2023 caused a global outbreak in over 110 countries, most of which had no previous history of the disease. This course provides a brief overview of mpox, including new insights on transmission, clinical presentation, preventive measures and outbreak response.

Language: English
Basic (Basique), Current outbreaks, Mpox

Course information

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Overview: Mpox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can spread from person-to-person and through contact with infected animals in enzootic areas. The clinical presentation is similar to that seen in the past with smallpox but less severe. In 2022 to 2023, there was a large global outbreak of mpox affecting more than 110 countries, primarily driven by human-to-human transmission through sexual contact. In just over a year, over 90,000 cases and 150 deaths were reported to the WHO. This course aims to provide a general overview of mpox, with a focus on new information on the disease and lessons learned from the global outbreak. The course is intended for health workers and the public to help make informed decisions and take appropriate preventive measures to protect themselves against mpox.

This course is designed to complement the OpenWHO introductory training on mpox and the extended training on prevention and management of mpox. It can be viewed before or after the first two courses prepared prior to the global outbreak.

Course duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the course assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • Describe the evolution of the global mpox outbreak
  • List the symptoms and modes of transmission of mpox
  • Describe how mpox can be treated
  • Explain the measures and interventions to prevent mpox.

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Learners enrolled: 5790

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.