Lengthy Seashore Child Will get Monkey Sick; LA County declares a state of emergency

A child in Long Beach has contracted monkeypox, health officials said, hours after Los Angeles County leaders declared a state of emergency over the spreading disease.

“While news of a child case may be alarming, remember that monkeypox is still rare, much more difficult to catch than COVID-19 and other common childhood diseases, and rarely dangerous,” said city health officer Dr. Anissa Davis. said in Long Beach ad tuesday

There’s a kid in Long Beach second in California get infected with monkey pox and the fifth known case in children in the United States of America

Long Beach health officials, who said they were awaiting additional tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the infection, added that the child had been symptomatic but had recovered. A city spokesman confirmed that the child’s infection was linked to members of the household, but declined to divulge further details.

Earlier in the day, LA County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Holly J. Mitchell entered an ad declare a local state of emergency due to increasing cases of monkeypox. The move, approved unanimously by the board, is part of an effort to strengthen the county’s response to the outbreak. The day before California declared a state of emergency due to the virus.

“This is a serious health issue that deserves support and prompt action,” Mitchell said. “Declaring a local state of emergency is to help our county do everything we can to get ahead and protect ourselves from this virus.”

Monkeypox cases in LA County rose to 423 on Tuesday, a more than 80% increase from a week ago. county health department count confirmed and probable cases. Most of the cases were confirmed for men who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, county data show.

Long Beach was 20 confirmed or probable casesand Pasadena reported it the first four cases tuesday The two cities have their own public health departments, so they report cases separately from Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said state and local emergency declarations will help her agency better respond to the virus, as will a new shipment of 19,000 additional vaccines the county received over the weekend. Health officials and LGBTQ activists have been raising concerns for weeks the number of vaccines availablewhich limits who can receive prophylactic and post-exposure vaccinations.

But Ferrer said declaring a state of emergency “makes a difference because it makes it easier to access some of the resources that we’re going to need.”

“It gives us more flexibility to bring in staff from other departments to help with the response,” she said, which is especially important in helping with contract tracing, education and outreach, and vaccine distribution.

The outbreak in California — and around the world — continues to disproportionately affect men who have sex with men, as well as transgender and non-binary people, even though anyone can contract the virus through close skin-to-skin contact or through tissue that comes into contact with men. virus.

San Diego also declared a local state of emergency for the virus on Tuesday as confirmed and suspected cases rose to nearly 50.

But Los Angeles County and San Francisco lead the state in cases, accounting for nearly two-thirds of California’s more than 1,100 infections. San Francisco declared a state of emergency last week from monkeypox, and on Monday the number of cases exceeded 380.

Ferrer said Tuesday that the federal government recently allocated an additional 48,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine to Los Angeles County, which will be sent in three shipments, the first of which arrived over the weekend. The last 19,000 doses, nearly matching the county’s previous dose, allowed the county to expand vaccine eligibility and reopen online registration process.

Previous groups that already met the fitness to shoot Public health officials said that including those who have been infected with the virus are still eligible, but the qualifications have now been expanded and simplified to include any gay or bisexual man or transgender person who has had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past two weeks. . People only need to self-verify that they meet these requirements by registering online.

People who are eligible for the vaccine can also call 211 for help locating and registering for shots, officials said, or they can contact their community health clinic or provider to see if it has been designated as a vaccine site.

The county also announced a new vaccine clinic opening Wednesday in West Hollywood. Many LGBTQ advocates have pushed for such a site, noting the lack of facilities near the epicenter of Los Angeles’ queer community.

Ferrer said it’s unclear when the remaining 29,000 doses will reach L.A. County, but she expects sometime this month. However, she warned that the allocation may not be enough.

“Even if we were to treat everyone at this higher risk, we don’t have enough doses for everyone in that group,” Ferrer said. She called monkeypox a “similar challenge” to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a lack of vaccines and research.

“It’s going to be difficult to do what we all want, which is really to believe that we’re going to actually be able to eliminate the ongoing spread of monkeypox in the United States,” Ferrer said. – I don’t think it’s impossible.

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