• Matt Esnayra

What to know about Monkeypox in Long Beach

Long Beach has its first known case of Monkeypox, the Long Beach Department of Health announced Saturday.


The patient is a Long Beach resident, who hasn’t recently traveled, and is currently exhibiting symptoms and recovering at home.


Monkeypox is a rare fatal disease with similar symptoms to smallpox that primarily occurs in central and western Africa but has now expanded to nearly every country in the world.

  • The first known case of Monkeypox in the United States was in May when the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced an adult male who traveled to Canada.

  • Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a pimply rash.

  • Monkeypox is spread through contact with the rash during face-to-face interaction, according to WHO.

  • The rash goes through different stages and often resolves in two to four weeks on its own, the LB Health Department says.

Some good news:

No one in the United States who has been diagnosed with Monkeypox has died.

What they're saying:

“The risk of monkeypox is very low, but we are continuing our work and taking proactive measures to mitigate further spread,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “This highlights why public health is important in preparing and empowering our community by offering awareness, education and prevention methods.”

  • “We are taking monkeypox very seriously, and diligently working to vaccinate people who are at highest risk, understanding that the vaccine is currently in extremely limited supply,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

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