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Sat Aug 6, 2022, 01:23 PM

Monkeypox case count rises to 6 in Snohomish County

EVERETT — Six monkeypox cases had been confirmed in Snohomish County as of Friday, a notable increase in cases since early July, but still far fewer than neighboring King County.

Five of the Snohomish County patients are men and one is a woman “without risk factors associated with this outbreak,” said Kari Bray, a spokesperson for the Snohomish Health District.

At highest risk in the current outbreak are men who are sexually active with multiple male partners, though anybody can catch the virus. Monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease, but the virus has primarily been spreading through intimate contact.

Cases in the state have roughly doubled every week, public health officials told reporters Thursday. The state Department of Health reported a total of 179 cases in Washington as of Thursday. About 90% of cases in the state have been reported in King County. Publicly available data may be lagging behind actual case numbers.


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