Case of suspected monkeypox reported in Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Department of Health has reported a suspected case of monkeypox. If confirmed, it would be the first case of monkeypox found in the country’s largest county.
The patient is an adult who has recently traveled and been in close contact with a case of monkeypox, a according to the press release from the health department. The patient was not hospitalized but isolated and is doing well.
Samples have been sent to the CDC for confirmation. The county health department is conducting contact tracing, the press release said.
The first confirmed case of monkeypox in California was found in Sacramento County last week, and two close contacts of that person have since contracted the disease The Los Angeles Times reported.
That The CDC announced on Wednesday that there have been 19 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, including the three in California. Health officials have detected four cases in New York, three in Florida, two in Colorado and Utah, and one in Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington state.
More than 550 cases have been found in 30 countries worldwide, according to an update on Tuesday European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
While monkeypox is endemic in central and western Africa, cases outside of these areas were rare and isolated prior to May. The virus is mainly transmitted through close physical contact. The first symptoms are often fever, headache, muscle pain and fatigue. This can then lead to swollen lymph nodes and a rash on the face, hands, feet, and genitals, which turns into red bumps on the skin. Symptoms usually last 2 to 4 weeks.