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Health officials investigating first probable case of monkeypox in Pierce County

Health officials are investigating the first probable case of monkeypox in Pierce County.

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WATERLOO, OREGON — Pierce County’s first likely case of monkeypox is being looked at by health authorities. The Snohomish Health District reports that Snohomish County also received confirmation of the initial case.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports that an orthopoxvirus positive test result was obtained on Saturday from a male in his 30s. His infection with the monkeypox virus is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The dude is doing better at home. He wasn’t kept in a hospital.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department stated in a press statement, “We are working with him and his healthcare providers to identify everyone who may have come into close contact with him when he was infectious.” He is not a threat to others and isolates himself.

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According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, monkeypox spreads by close personal contact with the following: monkeypox rash, lesions, or scabs; objects, materials, or surfaces used by a person with monkeypox; and respiratory droplets or oral secretions from a person with monkeypox.

For more information, go here.

Monkeypox was identified in a Snohomish County man on Friday.

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