Grant County Confirms First MPV Case


Grant County identified its first case of MPV, also known as monkeypox, on Tuesday.

According to a press release from Grant County Media, the patient is in good health and isolating at home. No one who was exposed is currently being considered a possible positive case.

Washington had 506 confirmed cases of MPV as of Wednesday. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brief interactions that did not involve physical contact with an infected person are not considered high-risk.

MPV is most commonly spread through direct skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact, and can also be transmitted by touching the clothing or linens of an infected person. Pregnant women can also pass the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Limited doses of the MPV vaccines are available in Washington for high and intermediate risk close contacts of confirmed and probable MPV cases.

*This report is made possible by the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation in partnership with Northwest Public Broadcasting, the Lewiston Tribune and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.