VIDEO: The Latino population accounts for a third of monkeypox cases at King Co.
KING COUNTY, Wash. – A doctor has updated Seattle City Council on unusual trends in the monkeypox outbreak in King County.
The Latino population, which makes up just 10% of the county’s population, accounts for nearly a third of monkeypox cases.
Dr. Matthew Golden, a public health researcher at Washington Medical University, told the council that the trend mirrors national numbers, which is that 31% of cases nationwide are in the Latinx population.
KIRO 7 learned that this could be due to undocumented migrants and language barriers, among other things.
Golden said the infection primarily affected men who have sex with men; however, he said a woman in Snohomish County was also infected.
While 350 doses of the monkeypox vaccine are given daily, Golden said he and other staff were unprepared for the demand.
“We had a large quantity of vaccines. I understand a substantial amount of it has expired and we haven’t restocked our stuff. And we also didn’t immediately mobilize the vaccine that we had, including Denmark, and we didn’t work as quickly as we could have had access to the vaccine that was potentially available to us,” Golden told the council. . .
Golden acknowledged that some people go out of state to get the monkeypox shot.
According to the doctor, several states did not initially request enough vaccines to meet demand and Washington was one of those states.
Golden said more positive cases will now lead to getting more vaccines in our state.
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