Monkeypox case confirmed in Yakima County

Monkeypox has arrived in Yakima County. Yakima Health District officials say a Yakima County resident has tested positive for the first known case in the area. Health officials say they are now working with the person to identify close contacts and provide those contacts with a vaccine to prevent the spread of monkeypox. The virus is rare and has been seen in the past mainly in Africa. But it is now in the Pacific Northwest.

Health officials warn of the spread of the virus

A press release says the virus is often spread through contact with infected people.
Specifically, the virus spreads through;
Direct contact with infectious rash, scabs or body fluids.
• respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, hugging or having sex
• touching objects (such as clothing or bedding) that have already touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids
• pregnant people can transmit the virus to their fetus through the placenta

Some people are at higher risk of contracting the virus

Anyone can get monkeypox, but some people are at higher risk, such as
• people under the age of 30,
• history of sexually transmitted infection within the past year,
• Symptoms of HIV-positive monkeypox Initially, monkeypox can cause some or all of the symptoms below:
• Muscle pain and back pain • Swollen lymph nodes
• A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or throat. ‘anus.

Take precautions before seeing a doctor, health officials say

Before going to a healthcare facility, people should call to tell their healthcare provider about their symptoms and if they have been recently exposed to someone with a rash or someone recently diagnosed with monkeypox . “Confirmed cases of monkeypox are contagious as soon as symptoms develop and continue to be contagious until the scabs fall off from the rash. People with monkeypox should isolate themselves from others until scabs fall off and a new layer of skin has formed Most people recover in 2-4 weeks, but the illness can be serious, especially for immunocompromised people, children, people with a history of eczema or those who are pregnant or nursing Washington State has received a limited amount of monkeypox vaccine and the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) has distributed vaccines to some local health jurisdictions across the state.” The Yakima Health District received a very limited amount of monkeypox vaccine. At this time, only close contacts are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine. If you have symptoms of monkeypox or develop a rash, contact your health care provider. -Nathan Johnson, Local Emergency Response Coordinator, Yakima Health District

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