Monkeypox Explained: Symptoms, Transmissibility and Prevention

Activity description

Monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency in the United States due to a growing number of cases there and abroad. A sudden surge in cases in the month prior to this recording sparked a number of questions surrounding the nature of the disease, how it is transmitted, and available prophylactic options. This activity will provide participants with the latest science on monkeypox, describing the spectrum of associated symptoms and signs, virulence, and common routes of transmission. Discussion will also focus on the factors driving this outbreak, approaches to prevention and management, and an overview of the impact of this disease globally and in comparison with the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealth Group.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals who have an interest in learning about monkeypox.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the spectrum of symptoms and signs associated with monkeypox, as well as its severity, virulence and routes of transmission. 
  • Describe the available monkeypox vaccines and their indications for use in pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis. 
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 0.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 0.50 AMA - Physicians
  • 0.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 0.50 APA - Psychologists
  • 0.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 0.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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Dr. Ethan Berke is wearing an open collared purple shirt with a sport jacket. He is facing the camera with a smile.Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH
Chief Public Health Officer
UnitedHealth Group



Dr. Daniel Griffin is wearing a white shite and dark colored bow tie. He is facing the camera with a slight smile.Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, CTropMed, CTH
Chief, Division of Infectious Disease 
Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine

Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson is wearing a dark colored blazer and facing the camera.
Margaret-Mary G. Wilson, MD, MBA, MRCP
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
UnitedHealth Group


About the presenters
Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH is the Chief Public Health Officer at UnitedHealth Group. In this role, he oversees the public health and prevention efforts for the organization, including infectious disease, emergency preparedness, chronic illness prevention, and health disparities. He and his colleagues pioneered self-collected COVID nasal testing, demonstrated the utility of pooled COVID testing in schools and businesses, is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, and regularly contributes to public health policy through work with federal and local agencies. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Solutions and Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Optum.  Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Berke served as Medical Director of Clinical Design and Innovation for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System (D-HHS), an academic health system in New Hampshire. Throughout his career, he has worked to innovate health care delivery and public health. At Dartmouth he was the Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Prevention Research Center.  He regularly contributes to the national health policy discussion pertaining to social determinants of health, health transformation, and consumerism in health and has contributed to health legislation. He is internationally known for his work in mobile health (mHealth) and remote medical sensing, and has researched the built environment to better understand how habitat and behavior affect individual and public health.  

Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, CTropMed, CTH is a physician-scientist, educator, researcher, clinician and author who is board certified in Infectious Disease with expertise in global health, tropical medicine, parasitology, and virology including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Dr. Griffin is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Optum (formerly ProHEALTH New York). He is a clinical instructor of medicine in the Department of Medicine–Division of Infectious Diseases at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a researcher at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, President of Parasites Without Borders, Inc., the Senior Fellow for Infectious Disease – UnitedHealth Group and a provider of clinical inpatient and outpatient infectious disease care at Optum. Dr. Griffin is a speaker and educator who has lectured throughout the world on global health topics for the University of Glasgow, the Peace Corp, the University of Minnesota, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Floating Doctors and Remote Care Education, as well as for other groups in Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and India. He is one of the co-hosts of the popular 5-star rated podcasts This Week in Parasitism and This Week in Virology and one of the authors of Parasitic Diseases, which is currently in its 7th edition with thousands of copies distributed in over 100 countries around the world.

Margaret-Mary G. Wilson, MD, MBA, MRCP is executive vice president and chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare in 2008, she was an associate professor of Internal and Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University, Missouri, where she also served as director of Geriatric Ambulatory Services and director of the Ortho-Geriatric Service. Her experience also includes direct patient care, medical education, patient safety, quality improvement, risk management, and global healthcare systems management in a variety of health care settings in Africa, the United Kingdom, South America and the United States.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Healthcare Quality Management, and completed a Clinical Cardiology fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith Hospital, UK. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and a fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality, the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management.  Dr. Wilson has received numerous awards in medicine, including UnitedHealth Group’s inaugural Sages Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award, the Kathy Humphrey Award for Excellence in the promotion of cultural diversity in medical education, the St. Louis University William Osler Teaching Award for excellence in clinical teaching, the Gladney Diversity Award for outstanding performance as a medical educator and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Award. She received a 2019 Business of Pride award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and was named a 2018 “Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. In 2021, Dr. Wilson was named one of the Top 100 most influential African Americans in Business by the National Diversity Council and one of the Top 100 elite women in 2021 by Diversity Journal. She has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
Optum Health Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealth Group. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements

The participant will be awarded up to .50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for .50 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn .50 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-22-116-H04-P/T

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. .50 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive .50 enduring continuing education credits.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees.  Other States: Nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 0.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 0.50 AMA - Physicians
  • 0.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 0.50 APA - Psychologists
  • 0.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 0.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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