Los Angeles County reports 14 total probable monkeypox cases as infections slowly rise in US

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — As monkeypox infections continue to rise in the US, Los Angeles County public health officials Thursday reported a total of 14 possible cases in the region.

LA County confirmed its first suspected case of monkey pox on June 2 after an adult resident of the district traveled and a known close contact with a case.

The LA County Department of Public Health continues to investigate and trace contacts — monitoring and coordinating post-exposure prevention for close contacts as needed.

Public health officials say the risk of monkeypox in the general population remains low “based on the information available.”

Since May, cases of monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization from 12 member states.

The CDC issued a health advisory on May 20 following a confirmed case of monkeypox in Massachusetts, as well as multiple clusters of infections in other countries that usually have no cases of monkeypox.

To see a CDC map of monkey pox cases in the US, click here

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