First case of monkeypox confirmed in Grant County

First Case Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Grant County

Smith Collection/Gado // Getty Images

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — The Grant County Health District is investigating the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Grant County.

The patient is in good health and is currently in-home quarantine.

The GCHD is working to identify others who may have been exposed. Currently, no one who was exposed is considered a possible positive case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brief interactions that do not involve physical contact are not considered high-risk exposures.

The monkeypox virus is spread person-to-person by:

  • direct contact through infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
  • touching items that were previously touched by the infectious rash or body fluids
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

You can learn more about the monkeypox virus here.

READ: SRHD answers commonly asked questions on monkeypox