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Monkeypox is a virus that is spread through close physical contact. A majority of monkeypox cases in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties have been among men who reported sexual or close intimate contact with other men.
The main symptoms of monkeypox are a painful rash and sores on one’s face, mouth, hands and feet, chest, genitals and anus.
People who get monkeypox often develop flu-like symptoms first:
However, the symptoms of monkeypox vary a lot. Many people with the infection never get a flu-like illness and the first thing they notice is a rash or sores. Some people report that their first symptom is rectal pain.
Symptoms usually start within 1-3 weeks of exposure to the virus. Monkeypox is rarely fatal, and most people recover in 2-4 weeks.
Monkeypox is contagious, and spreads by:
The current recommendations are to:
If you or your partners feel sick, or have any rashes or sores:
If you don’t have a doctor or health insurance, you can get tested and treated for monkeypox,
and STDs, at the Public Health – Seattle & King County Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview, open
M/W/TH/F, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm and Tuesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Yes, and the vaccine is free. Currently, Public Health – Seattle & King County's Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview is offering the vaccine to walk-ins; no appointment is necessary. Some doctors are also vaccinating individuals who have been in contact with monkeypox or are at high risk for monkeypox. King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties have received a very limited supply of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is planning to send more vaccine to our area later in the summer and fall, and doctors expect to be able to vaccinate many more people in the coming months.
Note: The vaccine is estimated to be 85% effective after two doses. So other prevention measures should still be considered.