ACLA gives update on monkeypox testing capacity

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The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) on Sunday announced that five of its clinical laboratory members have the capacity to test up to 70,000 patient samples per week for monkeypox infection.

The five member laboratories -- Aegis Sciences, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare USA -- are each working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as offering the CDC's orthopoxvirus assay.

Testing capacity is above current demand, the ACLA said.

The ACLA noted that based on medical and CDC guidelines, testing for monkeypox requires a specimen collected from suspected monkeypox lesions using a swab from a skin lesion. The laboratories can pick up patient specimens or arrange for their transport to laboratories for testing.

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