Los Angeles County well being officers mentioned Thursday they’ve confirmed the Southern California’s first presumptive case of monkeypox, however they’re awaiting last affirmation of the case by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
“The affected person is an grownup resident who not too long ago traveled and had a recognized shut contact to a case,” in accordance with a press release from the county Division of Public Well being. “Though the affected person is symptomatic, they’re doing nicely and never hospitalized. They’re remoted from others.”
Well being officers mentioned they’re performing contact-tracing to determine anybody who was in shut proximity to the particular person, and they’re engaged in “post-exposure prevention” efforts for shut contacts.
Three instances of monkeypox have been beforehand confirmed in Sacramento County in Northern California.
The an infection could cause lesser signs similar to fever and physique aches earlier than creating right into a rash that spreads throughout the physique.
Since monkeypox instances are normally extra widespread in African nations, its look in the USA and greater than a dozen different nations has generated headlines, significantly amongst a populace weary of the COVID-19 pandemic. However well being officers insist COVID is way extra infectious than monkeypox.
As of Wednesday, the CDC had confirmed a complete of 19 monkeypox instances in the USA, together with the three in Sacramento County. The Los Angeles case, if confirmed, can be the twentieth nationally and fourth in California, tying the state with New York for essentially the most within the nation.
In response to the county Division of Public well being, the an infection spreads by way of contact with bodily fluids, monkeypox sores or shared gadgets similar to bedding or clothes that have been contaminated with fluids. It may also be transmitted by way of saliva and sexual contact.
Most individuals who develop monkeypox have solely gentle sickness that goes away inside two to 4 weeks with out therapy.
Folks with signs are urged to go to a medical supplier, cowl the rash space with clothes, put on a masks and keep away from shut or skin-to-skin contact with others.
The CDC significantly recommends these steps for individuals who not too long ago traveled to an space the place monkeypox instances have been reported, or who’ve had contact with a confirmed or suspected monkeypox instances. A full listing of nations which have confirmed monkeypox instances is accessible on-line.