Monkeypox in Los Angeles: Cases have more than doubled
It is more important than ever today to take care of ourselves and maintain precautions after the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be consistently shifting gears and changing, a recent disease is causing concern in the U.S.: Los Angeles is currently experiencing an increase in Monkeypox cases. Let’s take a closer look.
In the last two weeks, despite the efforts to better track the virus and vaccinate vulnerable groups, Los Angeles County has seen a spike in Monkeypox cases.
In this section we’ll cover:
- The current number of Monkeypox cases
- Vaccination status and future prospects
- A brief review of symptoms
- Prevention and infection treatment
What is the number and distribution of Monkeypox cases?
As of September 2, 2022, more than 1,500 Monkeypox cases have been reported countywide. Approximately half of the county’s cases are located in the health service planning area in the central part of the county.
50% of Monkeypox cases were reported in:
- West Hollywood
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Eagle Rock
- Boyle Heights
- Highland Park
- Echo Park
- Silver Lake
- Los Feliz
Health data shows that 15% of Monkeypox cases in L.A. County are located in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, home to about 22% of the county’s residents.
Additionally, only a few Monkeypox cases were reported in the Antelope and San Gabriel valleys.
Vaccination status and future prospects
On top of the 43,000 Jynneos Monkeypox vaccine doses that were distributed and 90% administered, L. A County has added another 29,000 doses this week.
The following residents will be prioritized for vaccinations:
- Gay and bisexual men
- Transgender people who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days
- Immunocompromised individuals
- Patients with advanced or controlled HIV infections
Yet, it’s worth mentioning that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, anyone can get Monkeypox.
An overview of Monkeypox symptoms
Monkeypox causes a variety of symptoms, including:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Backache and muscle pain
- Cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, or other respiratory symptoms
If you experience any of these Monkeypox symptoms, we recommend you seek medical attention.
Monkeypox prevention and infection treatment
While Monkeypox symptoms generally go away on their own within 2-3 weeks, some patients may require analgesia and antibiotics for local pain and secondary infections.
It takes very close physical contact for the virus to enter the body. Currently, Monkeypox vaccines are the best prevention method. Plus, you can also take action in your daily life by:
- Avoiding face-to-face or skin-to-skin contact with people with Monkeypox symptoms
- Cleaning any surfaces that have been touched by an infected person
- Washing your hands frequently
- Practicing safe sex
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