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Monkeypox infections become more common, health officials in Los Angeles County reported 14 total possible instances

Los Angeles County, California – Monkeypox infections are becoming more common all over the United States, as well as in Los Angeles County.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Health Department said on Thursday a total of 14 possible monkeypox cases have been recorded in the region.

The first suspected case of monkeypox in Los Angeles County was identified on June 2 when an adult Los Angeles County resident had been in close contact with an infected person while traveling.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is continuing its investigation and contact tracing efforts, as well as monitoring and coordinating post-exposure preventative measures for those who were in close contact with an infected patient.

Based on the information that is now available, public health professionals believe that the danger of monkeypox in the general population is still quite low.

A total of 14 countries have reported monkeypox instances to the World Health Organization since May.

The CDC sent out a health advisory on May 20 because there was a confirmed case of monkeypox in Massachusetts and other cases in places where monkeypox is rare.

People who are infected with monkeypox have symptoms like fever and pain throughout the body, and a rash that may spread across a person’s entire body. Monkeypox can only be passed from one person to another by continuous or intimate contact.

To see the map provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicting instances of monkeypox in the United States, click here.

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