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      Mpox in Children and Adolescents: Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Management

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      Pediatrics
      American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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          Although mpox is rare among children in the United States, pediatric cases are being reported during the 2022 multinational mpox outbreak. Vaccines and antiviral medications developed for other orthopoxviruses have recently become widely used to prevent and treat mpox in both children and adults in the United States. Although scientific literature regarding mpox in children and adolescents is scant, prior case reports can provide valuable information about the clinical features and potential complications of untreated clade II mpox in these age groups. In this review, we summarize the epidemiology and clinical features of mpox in children and adolescents and provide recommendations for clinicians regarding its diagnosis, management, and prevention. Robust, dedicated surveillance of pediatric exposures and cases in the current outbreak, including the use of vaccines and therapeutics, are needed to guide clinical management and public health strategies.

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          Journal
          Pediatrics
          American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
          0031-4005
          1098-4275
          February 01 2023
          January 13 2023
          February 01 2023
          January 13 2023
          : 151
          : 2
          Article
          10.1542/peds.2022-060179
          36471498
          903610c1-2c39-4203-9864-7d612109e535
          © 2023
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