Resources for High Consequence Pathogens

Resources for High Consequence Pathogens

Vermont EMS has played an active role in combatting high-consequence pathogens like hMPXV and COVID-19. Find resources to assist you and your agency during the COVID-19 response. Below are some resources to assist you and your agency during the hMPXV and COVID-19 responses. 


Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking multiple cases of the human version of the monkeypox virus (hMPXV) reported in several countries that don’t normally report the virus, including the United States and Canada. This is a rare disease caused by infection with the human monkeypox virus. hMPXV belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae, which also includes smallpox and cowpox viruses. To reduce stigma and discrimination, the Vermont Department of Health will refer to this virus as hMPXV while the World Health Organization works to rename the virus officially.

Vermont now has several confirmed cases of illness from hMPXV. The risk to the general public remains low. However, we anticipate more confirmed cases of hMPXV, and it is likely more cases are going undetectedLearn more about the Health Department's hMPXV response efforts.

EMS Response & Resources for hMPXV

EMS providers should be prepared to respond. Please review the documents below on how to prepare and respond.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) EMS Response