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Protecting health care workers from monkeypox: Washington L&I offers guidance | 2022-07-28
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Protecting health care workers from monkeypox: Washington L&I offers guidance | 2022-07-28

Tumwater, WA — Health care workers should rely on their clinical recognition skills, workplace safety protocols and personal protective equipment to avoid contracting and spreading monkeypox, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries advises. Monkeypox is a viral disease that spreads mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who’s infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include a rash that can look like pimples or blisters, fever, exhaustion, headache, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the disease a global health emergency. Washington L&I says health care workers can help prevent the spread of monkeypox – which can easily be mistaken for other rash-caus...