As of today, 310 King County residents have been diagnosed with MPV, an increase from 48 cases in mid-July.
A new study is inviting pet owners in the greater Seattle area who test positive for monkeypox to have their animals screened for the virus.
The current monkeypox epidemic is a bit unusual in a few ways: First, the sheer scope of the current epidemic; Second, the way symptoms are appearing may facilitate spread among people who don’t yet know they are infected.
While anyone can get monkeypox, the current outbreak is overwhelmingly affecting sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
Echoing the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for monkeypox vaccine doses far outstrips supply, appointments have been difficult to get, and money and personnel have had to shift from other priorities.
U.S. public health agencies generally don’t test wastewater for signs of polio. That may have given the virus time to circulate silently before it paralyzed a New York man.
Funding cuts and outdated technology are hampering the U.S. response on the ground as monkeypox cases continue to rise.
How is it transmitted? Where did it come from? What are the symptoms? Does smallpox vaccine prevent it?