Monkeypox in Seattle causing you concern?
On Thursday, August 4, the US federal government declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Here in Washington state, cases have been roughly doubling every week.
Here’s the essential information that you need to know about monkeypox in Seattle.
Are there any reported cases of monkeypox in Seattle?
So far 166 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Washington state. Most of these cases are in King County and all have been among adults.
Who can get monkeypox?
Although it is currently mostly spreading in communities of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, it is vital to remember that anyone can contract or spread monkeypox.
How is monkeypox spread?
Monkeypox is spread via close bodily contact as well as shared items such as bedding and clothes.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
The most common symptom is a rash. It may look like pimples or blisters, and can be itchy or painful. Other symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, aches, and headache.
How can I protect myself from monkeypox?
The best steps to prevent infection are by washing your hands frequently, practicing safe sex and limiting your number of sexual partners, and avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have monkeypox or who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
You can also look into getting the monkeypox vaccine, but supply in Washington state is currently limited.
If you think you are experiencing monkeypox symptoms, you should speak to your doctor and, in the meantime, self-isolate.
For more information, visit the CDC monkeypox prevention page.