Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox infections are typically not severe but can be serious, especially for children and people who are immune compromised or pregnant. On July 28, 2022, the Yakima Health District identified the first case of monkeypox in Yakima County.
Click here to view the monkeypox case counts in Washington state, by county.
Currently, vaccine supply is limited and prioritized to high-risk close contacts of confirmed and probable monkeypox cases. More information will be shared as we learn more about vaccine availability.
How does monkeypox spread?
Monkeypox spreads by very close and/or prolonged contact with someone with symptoms, such as:
- Direct contact (sexual or non-sexual) with the skin or body fluids
- Contact with contaminated objects (towels, bedding, and utensils)
- Respiratory droplets during direct and prolonged face-to-face contact
What are the symptoms?
Monkeypox can cause a rash that can look like pimples or blisters anywhere on the body, more often on the face, mouth, hands, genitals, or anus. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.
Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
What should you do if you have symptoms?
- Talk to your healthcare provider and find out if you should be tested
- If you don't have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1
- Separate yourself from other people and from animals
- Wear a well-fitted medical mask when in close contact with others
- Avoid sex or intimate contact
- Remain separated until the rash is gone, all scabs have fallen off, and the skin below is healed
What should you do if you are a close contact?
Monkeypox Transmission Risk
Activities that involve physical and prolonged contact with an infected person may increase a person's risk of contracting monkeypox.