August 23, 2022
Monkeypox Outbreak 2022
While the scourge of COVID-19 continues to affect the lives of people all over the world, many have turned their attention to another viral disease, monkeypox, which is circulating in several countries across the globe.
Monkeypox, a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus, is related to the smallpox virus causing similar but less severe symptoms. It is transmitted to people through close contact with infected individuals or animals, even materials contaminated by infected individuals such as bedding. Though most common in some Central and West African countries, there have been occasional monkeypox outbreaks in other parts of the world, including the global outbreak of the virus in May of this year.
Listed below are a few resources—websites, articles, and fact sheets—on monkeypox.
Monkeypox Facts and Data
- Monkeypox Key Facts. World Health Organization 5/19/2022
- Monkeypox virus (MVP). Washington State Department of Health data & faq page updated 8/18/2022
- Monkeypox Signs and Symptoms. CDC info page updated 8/5/2022
- Biden--Harris Administration's Monkeypox Outbreak Response. Statement/fact-sheet 6/28/2022
Preventing the Spread: Sexual Health and Vaccination
- Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Monkeypox. CDC's monkeypox prevention fact sheet (includes versions in other languages) updated 8/5/2022
- Public Health Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview. Monkeypox vaccination Harborview Clinic hours and availability updated 8/9/2022
- Monkeypox Vaccine. Public Health -- Seattle & King County updated 8/16/2022
Pets & other animals
- How to keep your pets safe from Monkeypox -- and what to do if they do get it. NPR article published 8/16/2022
- Investigating Monkeypox in the Wild. U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey fact sheet 7/2004
- Monkeypox in Animals. CDC info page updated 8/17/2022
- Information for Healthcare Professionals. CDC info page updated 8/11/2022
- Information for Veterinarians. CDC info page updated 6/24/2022
- NCBI Monkeypox Resources.
- Continuing Education/STATPEARLS Monkeypox.
Stigma of Monkeypox and Marginalized Groups
- Why doesn't monkeypox have a new name yet? The Conversation website article published 8/11/2022
- Monkeypox is a new global threat. African scientists know what the world is up against. Science (journal) article, 6/1/2022
- Monkeypox in Africa: The Science the World Ignored. Nature (journal) article, 6/23/2022
- Reducing Stigma in Monkeypox Communication and Community Engagement. CDC info page updated 7/12/2022
- How we talk about monkeypox matters. Experts offer ways to reduce stigma. National Public Radio (NPR) article 7/31/2022