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Total of 66 Monkeypox Cases Reported in LA County

More cases have been reported in LA County as vaccines are expected in the coming weeks.

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Monkeypox cases have reached a new high in LA County, with 66 reported cases as of Wednesday.

None of the patients that have contracted monkeypox are currently in the hospital.

Thousands of monkeypox vaccines, which will be a two-dose regimen, will be offered in the coming weeks.

In order to be eligible for the monkeypox vaccine, you must be at high risk for contracting the virus.

That group includes those who are already being served at sexual health clinics, and those who identify as gay or bisexual men and transgender women, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to the short supply, vaccines are only offered by invitation only.

While the number of cases has gone up, the risk of infection in the general public still remains low.

The virus can be spread through:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash
  • skin to skin contact
  • contact with a contaminated object

Monkeypox can spread from when the symptoms start to when the rash is fully healed.

The illness generally lasts 2-4 weeks.

The World Health Organization is set to hold an emergency meeting next week to decide whether they will declare monkeypox a global health emergency.

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