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L.A. County Confirms 2nd Presumptive Case of Monkeypox

On Wednesday, health authorities in Los Angeles County verified the presence of a second suspected Monkeypox infection in the area. The patient is an adult who has recently travelled and is “symptomatic but doing well and isolating away from people,” according to a news release from the Department of Public Health.Officials from the Department of Health are looking into the issue and undertaking contract tracing as well as post-exposure prevention for close contacts. Last week, the county’s first case was reported. Residents are reminded that the danger of Monkeypox infection in the general population is still “very low.”

Monkeypox has been elevated to a category 2 concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with illnesses reported in 12 states and Washington, D.C. It’s an uncommon condition caused by a Monkeypox viral infection. Officials say it’s mostly found in Central and West Africa and doesn’t exist naturally in the United States.

However, several occurrences of the virus have been documented in several nations and jurisdictions. Officials said that Monkeypox is transferred when a person comes into touch with an infected animal or people, through contact with infected person’s items, or by prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets or mucosal membranes.

Skin-to-skin and another intimate contact can potentially transmit the virus during sex. Officials claim that this occurs naturally in the United States. Fever, lethargy, headache, enlarged lymph nodes, and occasionally cough or sore throat are all early indications. Muscle pains, backaches, chills, and weariness are some of the other symptoms, which are frequently followed by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to other regions of the body. Infections can linger anywhere between two and four weeks.

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