• Matt Esnayra

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.”



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