The Yakima Health District held a zoom meeting with local providers about monkeypox on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00pm. Melissa Sixberry, Director of Disease Control at the Yakima Health District and Dr. Neil Barg, Health Officer presented on the current state of the monkeypox outbreak, how it spreads, symptoms, when providers should test someone for monkeypox, what treatment is available, and vaccine eligibility.
A recording of the video is available here.
Additionally, below are resources that were discussed in the meeting for clinicians and patients:
Monkeypox Information for Providers
Monkeypox: What You Need to Know, WA DOH (English, Spanish)
Yakima Health District’s Monkeypox webpage (English, Spanish)
Monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions, CDC
Monkeypox in Yakima County
Yakima County currently has five individuals who have tested positive for monkeypox. Yakima Health District staff is working with the individuals who tested positive for monkeypox to identify close contacts. The close contacts are being provided the JYNNEOS vaccine to prevent further spread.
Report possible monkeypox cases immediately upon suspicion. Any patient who is tested for monkeypox is considered a probable case, regardless of the index of suspicion. Call the reporting line at (509) 249-6541. We will help you complete an intake form and review exposure guidelines to evaluate close contacts.
For providers completing the intake form and sending it via fax to (509) 381-3526, it is important to fill it out completely and provide photographs of the lesions.
Do not wait for test results to report. This allows us to start case investigation as soon as possible.
Questions? Contact Yakima Health District at (509) 575-4040 or (509) 249-6541.
- JYNNEOS vaccine information sheet, CDC.
- JYNNEOS vaccine package insert, Food and Drug Administration.
- JYNNEOS for preexposure vaccination of people at risk for occupational exposure to orthopoxviruses, ACIP recommendations, CDC.
- Federal government announces monkeypox vaccine allotment for Washington, DOH.
- Monkeypox fact sheet, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.