LB Health Dept confirms 1st case of Monkeypox in a child.
Long Beach health officials have reported the first presumptive case of monkeypox in a child, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
Why it matters:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have characterized youths, specifically children under the age of eight, along with pregnant women, people who are immunocompromised, and those with a history of atopic dermatitis or eczema as being under increased risk.
The minor has since recovered from its bout with the virus and is awaiting further results from the CDC, health officials say.
According to the L.B Health Department’s Monkeypox dashboard, as of Aug 2, there are 20 confirmed cases of monkeypox.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in reaction to the Monkeypox outbreak on Monday.
Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said: “While news of a pediatric case may cause alarm, please remember that monkeypox is still rare, is much more difficult to get than COVID-19 and other common childhood illnesses, and is rarely dangerous.”