Washington state confirms first case of monkeypox

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health — Seattle and King County (PHSKC) announced the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the state. The person, a King County resident, did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home.

Vaccines to prevent monkeypox are not recommended for the public

OLYMPIA –– Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health — Seattle and King County (PHSKC) announced the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the state. The person, a King County resident, did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home.

PHSKC is working to identify others who may have been exposed. To date, no one who was exposed is considered a possible positive case. Depending on the situation, people who had close or intimate exposure to a person with monkeypox might be advised to get a vaccine for monkeypox. Because of this, it is important to identify people who were exposed.

DOH, local health jurisdictions, and the Centers for Prevention and Disease Control (CDC) are coordinating to provide vaccine to exposed contacts who choose to receive it. Vaccines to prevent monkeypox are not recommended for the public.

“Despite the news of multiple cases nationwide, monkeypox is a very rare disease in the United States and the Washington resident who tested positive does not pose a public health risk,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. 

Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for PHSKC added, “Although I think it’s unlikely that we will have a large outbreak locally, it is possible that there are additional cases in the community. Anyone with symptoms of monkeypox should consult a healthcare provider.”

Transmission of monkeypox requires close interaction with a symptomatic individual. According to the CDC, brief interactions that do not involve physical contact and healthcare interactions conducted using appropriate protective equipment are not high risk.

People who may have symptoms of monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider. Before the visit, they should notify their healthcare provider that they are concerned about monkeypox, and whether they recently had close contact with a person who had a similar rash or a person who has been diagnosed with monkeypox.

More information about monkeypox can also be found on the PHSKC blog.

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Information provided by Washington State Department of Health.

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Margaret
Margaret
6 months ago

“The World Health Organization on Friday held an emergency meeting to discuss the outbreak of monkeypox after more than 100 cases were reported across 12 countries, as a report surfaced showing the Gates Foundation, WHO and Pharma execs in March 2021 conducted a monkeypox pandemic “simulation.”’ See full article
As Monkeypox Cases Spread, Report Shows Gates Foundation, WHO, Pharma Execs Took Part in Monkeypox Pandemic ‘Simulation’

Wolfie
Wolfie
6 months ago
Reply to  Margaret

Bill Gates actually predicted this would roll out. Guess he is psychic.

Wolfie
Wolfie
6 months ago

Good grief. If people cannot connect the dots with this now, I don’t know when they ever will. Covid didn’t quite get enough jabs in arms so lets try monkeypox. For real now.

Sylvia
Sylvia
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolfie

Now that Moderna is ditching 30 million unwanted mRNA jabs, and Bourla is lamenting the 7 billion Pfizer doses that remain unsold, let’s hope they are not thinking of reselling them as “safe & effective” monkeypox jabs.
Demand must be waning!

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