Three women and an infant from King County, Washington, have reportedly tested positive for monkeypox infection. One of the three females who contracted the virus is said to have been exposed to it through sexual activity.
“The risk of MPV infection to the general public in King County including children is low. Cases among children nationally have been rare. However … children in a household with a person with confirmed MPV can become infected if there is close, prolonged and/or direct contact, such as what may occur during caregiving,” the update said.
In case a child is infected by MPV, the portal advises families to reduce the number of caregivers and limit the child's interaction with its other siblings, including the sharing of bedding, clothing, linens, and toys.
As of Aug. 25, King County has reported 318 cases of monkeypox infections, up from 48 cases in mid-July. Most of the local cases have been found among men who reported intimate contact with other men. No individual has died from the virus in Washington.
Vaccine SituationWashington has received 100 percent of its current allocation of MPV vaccines at 16,210 vials. Statewide, roughly 77,000 people are estimated to be at the highest risk of contracting monkeypox according to calculations by the State Department of Health.
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