The Yakima Health District will hold a meeting with local providers about monkeypox on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00pm via zoom. Melissa Sixberry, Director of Disease Control at the Yakima Health District and Dr. Neil Barg, Health Officer will be presenting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of 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.
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Or call in: +1 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 881 9454 3826
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 800-535-5016 ext. 541. 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, 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 (800) 535-5016
- 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.
Flyer for Providers on When to Test for Monkeypox
Available to download here.