Healthcare Providers

If you are evaluating a patient suspected to have monkeypox, immediately report the suspected case to the local health department (LHD) using the Confidential Morbidity Report Portal (Epi-1) or telephone, even if testing is being conducted at a commercial laboratory.


Commercial laboratory testing for monkeypox is available. VDH encourages providers to use commercial laboratories, but this testing is not free. The laboratories will bill private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare for all testing performed. Providers may find the relevant CPT code for Monkeypox virus testing on each commercial laboratory’s website. Providers who encounter any issues while trying to order testing should contact the laboratory’s client services.

Public health testing through the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) continues to be available at no cost for patients who meet clinical and epidemiologic criteria; providers should consult with their LHD about this testing.

Last updated: September 21, 2022

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