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Public health officials confirm case of monkeypox in King County – Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington 2022-05-27 15:48:00 –

According to the Washington State Department of Health, monkeypox was confirmed on May 27, after previously identifying a presumed case of monkeypox in King County.

According to the Ministry of Health, Mmonkeypox people do not need hospitalization and are recovering at home. Seattle-King County public health authorities continue to identify potential exposed people.

As of May 27, no one exposed to monkeypox was considered to be likely to be positive, and it is recommended that some people exposed to monkeypox be vaccinated against monkeypox. Some people have been vaccinated, the Ministry of Health said.

DOH works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide vaccines to people who have been exposed and have opted to be vaccinated. At this time, monkeypox vaccine is not recommended for the general public.

Dr. Umair Shah, director of the Washington State Department of Health, said monkeypox is extremely rare and those who test positive do not pose a risk to the general public.

Monkeypox spreads primarily through close physical contact with the symptomatic person. This may include clothing and bedding for the symptomatic person. According to the CDC, short-term interactions without physical contact are not risky.

“I think it’s unlikely to be a local outbreak, but there could be more cases in the area,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin of the Seattle King County Public Health Service. “People with monkeypox symptoms should consult their health care provider.”

The illness begins with flu-like symptoms, which can be followed by a rash on the face or body, or an isolated rash on the genitals or groin, Duchin said. Some people can develop a rash on their genitals without showing any other symptoms, which can cause people to mistake it for a common sexually transmitted disease, Duchin said.

According to Duchin, the rash is characterized by pain, ridges, or liquid-filled rashes that resemble chickenpox rashes, and you should consult your healthcare provider if such a rash occurs.

According to Duchin, the rash is characterized by pain, ridges, or liquid-filled rashes that resemble chickenpox rashes, and you should consult your healthcare provider if such a rash occurs.


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