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Monkeypox is a rare viral disease. It occurs in rodents and non-human primates in central and West Africa. Infection can spread from animals to humans and then from one person to another. Infection may include flu-like symptoms and a rash or sores. To learn more about the symptoms, please see this fact sheet from the CDC. To learn more about testing, please review this information from WA DOH. Our CD staff are available to answer questions and provide support.

Current status

In the United States: View the latest update from the CDC.

In Washington state: On May 27, 2022, DOH and Public Health Seattle-King County confirmed a case of monkeypox virus infection in King County. Visit WA DOH to learn more.

Acute Pediatric Hepatitis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with health departments and clinicians nationwide to identify and investigate hepatitis of unknown cause impacting children. To find out more, please visit the CDC website here.

For Schools and Childcare

Schools and childcare facilities are required to notify the local health department of the presence of a contagious disease (WAC 246-110-020) or of suspected or confirmed outbreaks of notifiable conditions (WAC 246-101-415 & 246-101-420). Schools are also asked to report when absenteeism exceeds 10% of the student population. Schools are allowed to report diseases or health concerns that pose a risk to student health and safety under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA 34 CFR § 99.36). Reporting helps prevent spread of disease through early identification and application of control measures. 

​Making a Report

​To report, call communicable disease staff Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. or fax a school abseenteeism report to 360.221.2480. After receiving a report, Island County Public Health can offer guidance on outbreak response. ICPH can also help with drafting letters to notify parents, and provide flyers and other educational materials.

OSPI Infection Control Guidelines​Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools

OSPI guidelines for preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease in schools.


Guide for K-12 schools with tips on how to clean to help slow the spread of infectious disease.


Encourage children, parents, and staff to take the following everyday preventive actions to prevent disease (CDC).

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

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​Confidential Fax: 360.221.8480

For immediately notifiable conditions, please contact us:

Jen Krenz, MS MPH
School Liaison

Melanie Davis, RN BSN
Public Health Nurse
360.678.8246 or 360.499.4023

Shawn Morris, ND
Community & Family Health Manager