Q&A: monkeypox testing, treatment and vaccine

Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 155 area cases of monkeypox as of Aug. 8, with the number of cases doubling approximately every week during the outbreak.

Dr. Shireesha Dhanireddy, a professor of medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine, says people who believe they’ve been exposed to monkeypox or who are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately for an evaluation.

“If there is a concern or a need for treatment, we do have options for referrals for treatment,” she said. “Call your provider, message your clinic, let them know you're concerned about monkeypox so that they can let you know about the proper precautions to take before coming into clinic."

UW Medicine is processing patients' diagnostic tests for monkeypox typically within 24 hours. 

Although vaccine supplies are limited, UW Medicine is preparing expand appointments as soon as supply increases. Those who meet one or more of the public health eligibility criteria are encouraged to join UW Medicine;s waitlist for the monkeypox vaccine. Visit our monkeypox resource page for details.

In broadcast-ready English and Spanish soundbites, Dhanireddy and Dr. Santiago Neme, respectively, give an overview about monkeypox transmission, risk levels, testing, treatment and vaccines.

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