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.
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.
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.
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.
Encourage children, parents, and staff to take the following everyday preventive actions to prevent disease (CDC).
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For immediately notifiable conditions, please contact us:
Jen Krenz, MS MPHSchool Liaison360.678.8249Melanie Davis, RN BSNPublic Health Nurse360.678.8246 or 360.499.4023Shawn Morris, NDCommunity & Family Health Manager360.914.0837