Seattle Children’s Hospital confirms child tests positive for monkeypox

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A pediatric patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital has tested positive for monkeypox virus and is currently being treated at the hospital.

“When staff became concerned about monkeypox, appropriate isolation was put in place. We are currently conducting contact tracing to determine if employees, patients or their families were exposed,” said Madison Joseph, senior communications specialist for Seattle Children’s. “Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted. We have informed the health authorities of the case.”

According to Seattle Children’s, children currently have a very low risk of contracting monkeypox through normal daily interactions, including at school.

Earlier this month, the FDA granted an emergency use authorization allowing children under the age of 18 who are at high risk of monkeypox to be vaccinated.

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Monkeypox spreads primarily through prolonged skin contact with the lesions or bodily fluids of infected people, according to the CDC. The virus can also spread through bedding and towels contaminated with infected lesions.

The most common symptoms associated with monkeypox are swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that there is some preliminary evidence that children under the age of 8 could develop more serious illnesses when infected with monkeypox, according to the center’s health alerts.

“Parents with questions about MPV (monkeypox) should contact their child’s doctor for more information,” said Dr. Danielle Zerr, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Seattle Children’s is actively monitoring the situation.

More than 47,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide, including 17,400 cases in the United States, the most of any country, according to the CDC.

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