edThe most important test to diagnose monkey pox is a differential blood count, as this will differentiate it from other viral diseases. Additionally, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and virus isolation can be conducted to confirm the infection.
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test can detect the presence of the virus in samples from liquid from blisters on the skin. Serologic testing of the patient’s IgG and IgM antibody levels will be done to detect specific antibodies to the virus. Finally, a chest X-ray will be done to detect any lung involvement caused by the virus.