First child monkeypox cases in U.S. are reported, including a toddler in California

First child monkeypox cases in U.S. are reported, including a toddler in California

Jul 23, 2022 by Los Angeles Times

Key Facts

  • The child in California was in close contact with an adult who was infected with the the virus in the same household, a spokesperson with the California Department of Public Health said in a statement.
  • The California case was unrelated to the other pediatric monkeypox case, which involved an infant who is not a U.S. resident and was infected in a separate state, the CDC said.
  • While health officials have stressed that the virus is rare and not a threat to the general public, LGBTQ activists and health leaders have demanded a more aggressive response from public health officials who they say have left their community unprepared for its spread, pointing to a shortage of vaccines and a lack of awareness.
  • Most of the U.S. monkeypox cases known to the CDC involve people who have recently traveled or have had close contact with someone who was infected.

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