The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has confirmed the first death due to monkeypox in a Los Angeles County resident.
The resident was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized.
Persons severely immunocompromised who suspect they have monkeypox are encouraged to seek medical care and treatment early and remain under the care of a provider during their illness.
As of September 9, Los Angeles County (including Long Beach and Pasadena) has reported 1,836 total monkeypox / orthopox confirmed cases.
Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus.
The most common symptom is a rash that may:
• Look like bumps, pimples, blisters, or scabs. It will go through several stages before healing.
Generally, the rash starts as red, flat spots, and then becomes bumps. Those bumps can then
become filled with fluid which turns to pus. The bumps then crust into a scab.
• Be on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina), anus (butthole), mouth, or other
areas like the hands, feet, chest, and face.
• Spread over the body or it may be limited to one area. There may be just a few bumps or blisters.
• Be painful and/or itchy. Some people have severe pain, especially if the rash is inside their mouth
People may also develop flu-like symptoms in addition to the rash. These can appear 1-4 days before the
rash starts or after the rash starts. They include fever/chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle
aches, and headache.
Most people with monkeypox recover in 2-4 weeks.
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