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Washington state confirms first case of monkeypox

May 27, 2022, 9:36 AM
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Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health for Seattle and King County speaks following the death of a a King County, Washington resident due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) during a press conference in Seattle, Washington on February 29, 2020. (Getty Images)
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The first case of monkeypox in Washington has officially been confirmed.

The Department of Health says a King County resident did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home.

Instance of monkeypox investigated in King County amid ‘growing international outbreak’

The department is working to identify others who may have been exposed.

Monkeypox symptoms include a rash and fever, and people typically recover within two to four weeks.

“Despite the news of multiple cases nationwide, monkeypox is a very rare disease in the United States and the Washington resident who tested positive does not pose a public health risk,” wrote Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health, in a news release.

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Washington state confirms first case of monkeypox