Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox does not commonly occur in the US, but there currently is an outbreak of monkeypox with cases spreading in Washington state and across the country, as well as in many other countries.

The first case of monkeypox in Clark County was identified on Monday, July 25, 2022. Clark County Public Health interviews people who test positive and works with cases to identify and notify anyone they were in close contact with while contagious. Monkeypox is spread through close contact with an infected person who has symptoms.

To see current case totals:
Washington state (cases by county) Washington Department of Health website
United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website
Global Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website

 

Vaccine

To help stop the spread of monkeypox virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is distributing a limited amount of the vaccine JYNNEOS, which is approved to protect against smallpox and monkeypox.

Washington State Department of Health received a limited supply of JYNNEOS and has allocated vaccine to Clark County Public Health to be administered in Southwest Washington. While vaccine supply is limited, only those who have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox or who are considered at higher risk of exposure are eligible for vaccination. Eligibility may change as patterns of transmission change and/or vaccine availability increases.

Anyone who has close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk of infection. Currently, people at higher risk of exposure include gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender persons who have sex with men. People who believe they may be eligible for the vaccine should contact their health care provider.

To learn more about vaccines to prevent monkeypox, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and Washington Department of Health’s monkeypox FAQs.

Monkeypox questions?

The Washington State Department of Health hotline can answer questions about monkeypox risk factors, vaccine information, testing and treatment. Call takers cannot schedule monkeypox vaccine appointments.

Call 1.833.829.HELP or 1.800.525.0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

The hotline operates 6 am to 10 pm Monday, and 6 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday and observed holidays. The hotline can also answer questions and provide information about COVID-19.