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MPV Health and Safety Resources

Summary: MPV is an infection that can cause a rash and flu-like symptoms.

Monkeypox virus (MPV) health and safety resources  

The health and safety of students and staff is Seattle Public Schools’ (SPS) top priority. As the MPV outbreak spreads in Washington state and throughout the U.S., it’s important we work together to limit the spread of infectious diseases within our schools and communities. 

SPS is committed to working closely with Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) to safeguard the school community from the spread of all infectious diseases.  

Additional information about the precautions the district is taking regarding the spread of infectious diseases is available on the SPS School Board Policy 3414 Infectious Diseases and SPS Health Services webpage

What is MPV?  

MPV is an infection that can cause a rash—which may appear as bumps or blisters on the skin. It may also cause flu-like symptoms. The virus is rarely fatal but can be serious for those who have weakened immune systems, children, and pregnant people.   

How is the virus spread?  

According to Public Health Seattle King County, MPV can spread from close, skin-to-skin contact between people. Anyone can get the virus. 

How to prevent illness. 

The Washington State DOH recommends avoiding close or skin-to-skin contact with anyone who has open wounds, sores, or rashes, or anyone who is infected with MPV. Close contact can include being together for several hours, hugging, cuddling, kissing, or sharing a bed or clothing.  

If you have been exposed to MPV, it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This may prevent infection. Contact your health care provider or local health department for more information.  

Please visit the Monkeypox DOH and Monkeypox PHSKC webpages for more information.  

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