Los Angeles County authorities report local infections with monkeypox

Monkeypox symptoms are shown on a patient’s hand on May 27, 2003.

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The Department of Public Health los angeles county confirmed on Friday the existence of cases of monkey pox that were transmitted within the community.

Public health officials said several of the 22 cases reported in Los Angeles County have no history of international or out-of-state travelwhich means that the cases probably originated from infections in the county.

The disease does not spread easily between people and can be spread by contact with bodily fluids or open sores.

Monkeypox can be spread to anyone. officials say, but many of the cases have been identified among gay, bisexual and other men who have had sex at large gatherings.

The public health department continually works to notify organizers of such events when an attendee has been exposed to viral illness.

Vaccines for monkeypox exist, but are limited. so they are currently only given to people who are considered to be at high risk of exposure.

People at higher risk include people who have close contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox or people who have attended events where there was skin-to-skin contact between people who later tested positive for the disease.

The pool of people eligible to receive the vaccine will expand as availability increases, public health officials said.

Los Angeles County officials are encouraging anyone experiencing monkeypox-like symptoms, those who have had close contact with a positive case or people who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported contact your health care provider.

People without a regular medical provider can also call 211 for help.

In addition, people without a regular health provider who have developed a rash in the genital or perianal area can access the services of the Public Health sexual health clinics.

For more information on monkeypox, including symptoms and vaccine information, click here.

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