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Monkeypox: Gumberg Library

A research guide to connect users to reputable sources about Monkeypox virus.


                           Due to recent outbreaks, research on monkeypox has grown exponentially, but here are a few resources to get started.

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Health Services Center

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If you suspect that you may have Monkeypox, please contact the University Health Services for help immediately. 

Local and State Resources

Use the following links to find local guidelines and information about the virus.


Allegheny County Public Health Clinic

Free testing and walk-in appointments for Monkeypox are available at Allegheny county's Public Health Clinic.

Contact: 412-578-8081


Blakey Center - Public Health Clinic
1908 Wylie Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Selected Statistics On Monkeypox

The following statistics were taken from the WHO webpage on October 7th, 2022. 

  • The first human case of Monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The United States had its first outbreak of the virus in 2003, and it was the first case of Monkeypox recorded outside of Africa
  • Monkeypox has an incubation period of approximately 6-13 days, although some cases can take up to 5 to 21 days for symptoms to present
  • 95% of cases develop a rash along the face while only 30% of cases experienced symptoms that affected genitalia
  • The virus has a 3-6% fatality rate

Research Resources

Here are some selected resources to learn more about Monkeypox.


Health Sciences Databases

Search the following databases for academic, research articles. You can also find more databases with reputable research on Gumberg's A-Z Databases & E-Resource List.


CDC 2022 U.S Map & Case Count of Monkeypox

Image taken September 28th, 2022. For updated information click the map.

Colored Map displaying number of Monkeypox cases by U.S state.

Website Sources

The following health organizations can provide a starting point to information about Monkeypox that is accessible to the public.  



Most textbook sources will only include one or more chapters to discuss Monkeypox or the Pox family of viruses within the context of a broader subject. You can find more books available within Gumberg's collections using DUQ Search. Learn more about DUQ Search with this guide.

Veterinary Microbiology

Veterinary Microbiology, Third Edition is a comprehensive reference on the bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogenic agents that cause animal disease. Now in full color with improved images throughout, the new edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect information from current research and diagnostic and clinical publications. Key changes include a review of microbial cell structure and function and increased emphasis on the key points of pathogenesis and host responses to infection.


Viruses are the most abundant biological entities on Earth, and arguably the most successful. They are not technically alive, but as infectious vehicles of genetic information, they have a remarkable capacity to invade, replicate, and evolve within living cells. Synthesizing a large body of recent research, Michael Cordingley goes beyond our familiarity with viral infections to show how viruses spur evolutionary change in their hosts, shape global ecosystems, and influence every domain of life. In the last few decades, research has revealed that viruses are fundamental to the photosynthetic capacity of the world's oceans and the composition of the human microbiome.

Ryan & Sherris Medical Microbiology, Eighth Edition

Access Chapter 11: Poxviruses for information about Monkeypox.

The most dynamic, comprehensive, and student-friendly text on the nature of microorganisms and the fascinating processes they employ in producing infections disease A Doody's Core Title For more than a quarter-of-a-century, no other text has explained the link between microbiology and human disease states better than Sherris Medical Microbiology.  Through a vibrant, engaging approach, this classic gives readers a solid grasp of the significance of etiologic agents, the pathogenic processes, epidemiology, and the basis of therapy for infectious diseases.


E-books can be found through several different databases.

CDC Updates on Monkeypox

Check for the latest articles and site updates published by the CDC.

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News on the Virus

Search these news sources for current events about Monkeypox.

New PubMed Articles on Monkeypox

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Misinformation about Monkeypox

Alongside carefully interrogating the validity of your sources of information, there is published research and tools for investigating misinformation. Some selected resources are listed below.


Ortiz-MartínezY., SarmientoJ., Bonilla-AldanaD. K., & Rodríguez-MoralesA. J. (2022). Monkeypox goes viral: measuring the misinformation outbreak on Twitter. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries16(07), 1218-1220.

Interactive Media Bias Chart

This interactive graph produced by Ad Fontes Media rates news sources on their reliability and political bias.

Related Guides

To read more about misinformation, check out this Gumberg research guide