First monkeypox case ‘presumptive’ in King County, Wash.



King County Public Health says its seen the first presumptive case of monkeypox in Washington state, officials said Monday. 

The case is in an adult male with international travel in the past month to a country that has reported monkeypox cases recently. Initial testing confirming an orthopoxviral infection was completed on Monday, May 23 at the Washington State Public Health Laboratory. Confirmatory testing will be done at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health department said.

Public Health is working with the patient and the patient’s medical providers to identify those who may have been in contact with the patient while he was infectious. The man is isolating and does not pose a risk to others at this time. The department said it has not identified any high-risk exposures in King County, and is are following up with people who had potential low risk exposures. The man was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.

“The public and healthcare providers should be aware of the growing international monkeypox outbreak,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle and King County. “At this time, we have no evidence that monkeypox is spreading locally, but if there are unrecognized cases, that is a possibility.”

“People should understand that the disease can affect anyone and those who are most at risk are those who have had close physical contact with someone with monkeypox. The risk is not limited to men who have sex with men,” he said, referring to reports that outbreaks in Belgium and Spain are related to sexual escapades of men during rave parties in those countries.

“Anyone who has symptoms of monkeypox, or has been in contact with someone with monkeypox, should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. This is especially important for those who have also traveled in the last 30 days to a region reporting monkeypox cases, or who is a man who has sex with other men,” he said.

“We at DOH continue to work with Public Health – Seattle & King County and CDC to support the investigation of this case. The risk to the public is low, but it’s important for clinicians and the public to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors for monkeypox,” said Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, Washington State Chief Science Officer.

Monkeypox is a rare viral illness that is uncommon in the U.S. The illness can begin with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes followed by a rash on the face and body or with an isolated rash in the genital or groin area, sometimes without other symptoms. When the rash involves the groin, it can be mistaken for other more common causes of sexually transmitted infections.

People should be alert for the appearance of new rashes characterized by sores, bumps or fluid filled bumps and seek medical evaluation if they develop such a rash.

Most people recover in 2-4 weeks, but the disease can be serious, especially for immunocompromised people, children, and pregnant women.

The virus does not spread easily between people; transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or through respiratory droplets (saliva) from a case entering the eyes or mouth following prolonged face-to-face contact.

In parts of central and west Africa where monkeypox occurs, people can be exposed through bites or scratches from rodents and small mammals, preparing wild game, or having contact with an infected animal or possibly animal products.

As of Monday morning, the CDC is aware of one confirmed and four other presumptive monkeypox cases in the U.S. Over 100 confirmed and suspected cases have been reported from the UK and Europe where health officials report many cases among men who have sex with men and likely sexual transmission.

People who may have symptoms of monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider. This includes anyone who:

  • traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox during the month before their symptoms began,
  • had contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox, or,
  • is a man who regularly has close or intimate contact with other men, including random sex using hookup digital apps, or at a bar or party.


  1. So the Lies begin.
    Back when HIV/AIDS came onto the scene in the 80’s, there were a number of surprised women who contracted the disease from their husbands. It didn’t take long for them to find out their husbands were engaged in extracurricular “Brokeback Mountain” activities.

  2. It seems like one or two massive gay orgies are responsible for 99% of the monkeypox cases nationwide. It is clearly an STD. Meanwhile the media is trying to make it seem like it is the end of the world

  3. “Presumptive”? Don’t you mean A S S U M E?
    Let’s see how many paranoid people jump on the bandwagon for another round of masks, lockdowns and social steering I mean distancing. Here we go with more fear porn.

  4. Wasn’t the first confirmed case of COVID in King County WA as well?
    Coincidences abound…

  5. Another planned simulation – they wrote this about a year ago: ‘

    Wake up – you’re about ready to be locked down again.

  6. Same starting place as COVID … maybe Billy bob got bored and likes to experiment on Seattle ites or as Kilary calls it ” the pacific region “..Gates is still bitter about not having a girlfriend in highschool and wants us all to suffer with ACNE LIKE markings.. talk about mental illness !

  7. Gay sex is just fine. Don’t judge. Love is love. Your gender is who you think you are. You conservatives are so not cool. And believe what the health organizations tell you. Mask up. Take the vaccines. Do what you’re told. Side effects! Nah! Destroy the economy. Abort black babies and convince blacks that democrats are on their side. Could you imagine how many amazing black people we would have in this country if they wouldn’t have been aborted because the government told our young women that it was “the right thing to do” to kill their unborn babies in the womb?

  8. I have yet to see a single article about “monkeypox” that isn’t accompanied by a grotesque picture of what we are to assume is of said condition. Another planned distraction. Pure fearmongering. – M.John

  9. Go out and get your monkeypox vaccine today!
    Don’t research it, don’t talk about it, above all don’t think about it — just DO it!
    Because ‘they’ tell you to.
    Monkey see, monkey do!

  10. The World Economic Forums next attempt at forcing lockdowns and jabbing you with one of their experimental health damaging drugs! And just in time for the mid-terms, imagine that. There are no coincidences folks, they are doing the same thing as they did to get Trump out of office by stealing the election in 2020. Stop letting them control you!

  11. The war in Ukraine isn’t working! Quick, release the monkeypox! Absolutely pathetic. The midterms can’t come fast enough.

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