Long Beach confirms suspected case of monkey pox in children

Long Beach health officials confirmed a likely case of monkey pox in a child on Tuesday.

The child tested positive for the virus, but additional tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will confirm whether it is, in fact, monkeypox, officials explained.

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is conducting contact tracing and will offer the vaccine to people who may have been exposed.

Officials have not released any additional information about the case, but the child was symptomatic and has since recovered.

On July 28, there was only one case of pediatric monkeypox in California, according to the state.

“This is a reminder that anyone, regardless of age or sexual orientation, can get monkey pox if they come into contact with the virus,” health officials said.

As of Tuesday, there are 20 confirmed and probable cases of monkey pox in Long Beach. No one in the city had to be hospitalized because of the virus, officials said.

The pediatric case was reported just one day after Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in California over monkey pox, and the same day LA County issued a local emergency proclamation in response to the virus.

Health officials remind residents that monkeypox can spread through close or prolonged skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact, including hugging, kissing, cuddling, holding and feeding.

The virus can also spread through contaminated materials such as cups, bedding, clothing, towels and kitchen utensils.

“In children, people are advised to minimize the number of caregivers and limit sibling interaction, including sharing toys, clothes, bedding and bedding,” health officials said. “It is also important for the infected person to limit interactions with pets in the home.”

Symptoms include:

  • A fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain and back pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • exhaustion
  • A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, mouth, and other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus

For more details on monkey pox cases and information about vaccines in California, click here.

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