Presumptive case of monkeypox in King County under investigation

SEATTLE, Wash. — King County Public Health is investigating a presumptive case of the monkeypox virus.

The infection was reported on Sunday. The case was is in a man who recently traveled to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox.

The individual was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.

There have been “less than a dozen” close contacts with the man so far. King County Public Health says there is no evidence that the virus is spreading locally, but the public should be alert and aware.

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

  • had contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox
  • traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox
  • are a man who regularly has close or initimate contact with other men

Monkeypox is primarily spread through direct skin-to-skin contact and can be sexually transmitted as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified, and the infected person is being cooperative with his travel details.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.