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Monkeypox: Does Vanderbilt conduct contact tracing for monkeypox? How does contact tracing work?

Posted by on Monday, August 15, 2022 in .

The Metro Nashville Health Department requires that they perform contact tracing at this time. Contact tracing is carried out by the Metro Nashville Health Department, as they have the ability to administer vaccines if eligibility requirements are met.

Should an individual’s test be confirmed as positive for monkeypox, the Metro Public Health Department will speak with the individual to conduct contact tracing. They will reach out to any identified close contacts with additional information.

Metro Public Health will provide information to identified close contacts regarding their eligibility for vaccination. Contacts should monitor for symptoms as it can take as many as 21 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. At this time, close contacts do not have to quarantine until symptoms appear, at which time they should immediately get tested.