Monkeypox cases doubling nearly every week in Washington state, as US declares public health emergency
A health care worker prepares to administer a vaccine to a person for the prevention of monkeypox at the Pride Center on July 12, 2022, in Wilton Manors, Florida. - Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/TNS

Monkeypox cases are doubling nearly every week in Washington, concerning state health officials as the vaccine supply runs short and the U.S. declares a public health emergency over the outbreak. In Washington, 166 people have tested positive for orthopoxvirus as of Thursday; all orthopoxvirus cases are likely monkeypox, state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah said during a news briefing Thursday. This includes at least two people who were exposed outside Washington but tested positive here. About 144 of the cases were reported in King County, the state’s most populous. A majority of the p...