King County, Washington declares monkeypox a public health emergency
King County Health officials say they have been responding to the monkeypox outbreak since May 23, when the first case was confirmed.
Dennis Worsham, interim director of public health for Seattle and King counties, said public health leaders should “ensure that the most affected communities are responsive and reachable, including ensuring equitable access to vaccines.” He said that it is important to have the necessary flexibility to
“As we anticipate continued busyness for public health, health care providers, and community partners, including new COVID-19 boosters, flu vaccinations, and a possible role in preventing more cases, procedural Removing the barriers to helping us be as effective as possible is MPV’s presence in our community,” Worsham said in a statement.
CNN’s Betsy Cline and Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.