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UPDATE – Confirmed Monkeypox Case in Whitman County RETRACTED

WHITMAN COUNTY – The case of Monkeypox that was reported in Whitman County earlier today was just retracted.

Whitman County sent out the following message:

“I just got a call from the physician that ordered the monkeypox test and they said that they had received additional results from the reference lab that indicated the PCR result was negative.  At this point we are going to have to retract the confirmation of that test until we can get an idea if more testing is required or if the result is actually negative.  I sincerely apologize for this confusion and will send out another email tomorrow bringing more clarity to the situation.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

Whitman County Public Health received a confirmed positive result of monkeypox Tuesday afternoon.  The person, a Whitman County resident, did not require hospitalization and is isolated at home. 

Whitman County Public Health is working to identify others who may have been exposed. To date, no one who was exposed is considered a possible positive case.  Depending on the situation, people who had close or intimate exposure to a person with monkeypox might be advised to get a vaccine for monkeypox.  Because of this, it is important to identify people who were exposed.

Whitman County Public Health, DOH, and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) are coordinating to provide vaccine to exposed contacts who choose to receive it.  Vaccines to prevent monkeypox are not recommended for the public.

Transmission of monkeypox requires close interaction with a symptomatic individual.  According to the CDC, brief interactions that do not involve physical contact and healthcare interactions conducted using appropriate protective equipment are not high risk.

People who may have symptoms of monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider.  Before the visit, they should notify their healthcare provider that they are concerned about monkeypox, and whether they recently had close contact with a person who had a similar rash or a person who has been diagnosed with monkeypox.