The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in Los Angeles County has risen to 22, which health officials say is common among men who have sex with men who have recently attended large events.
The most recent cases involve people who have not left the country or state, as was the case with most of the first cases identified in the United States.
No hospitalizations or deaths were reported, officials said.
“Anyone can get and spread monkeypox, but some of the recently identified cases involve gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who have attended large events where monkeypox may have occurred,” the Los Angeles Department of Public said Service . Health said in a statement on Friday. “Public Health is working with event organizers to inform attendees of potential exposure.”
The department said it would be the JYNNEOS vaccine, which would target “people at higher risk of monkeypox,” including those who have had close contact with an infected person and those who attended an event where they “skin on skin” could have had. Contact with an infected person.
The department said it will work to make the hard-to-find vaccine available to other high-risk groups as supplies increase.
Monkeypox is a viral infection that causes skin lesions and is endemic to parts of Africa. But the current outbreak has hit countries like the US and UK where the virus doesn’t normally spread, sparking global concern.
The virus can cause blisters, pimples, and rashes. Most people who get monkeypox report only mild illness that goes away in two to four weeks without treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox can be spread through contact of bodily fluids, monkeypox wounds, or clothing with an infected person. It can also be transmitted by inhaling respiratory droplets while talking to someone.
The CDC said there have also been reports of transmission among family members and close contacts.
The United States surpassed 200 confirmed cases nationwide as of Saturday, including 51 in California, according to the latest CDC data.
The White House announced earlier in the week that tests for the virus would be shipped to commercial laboratories in a bid to expand testing and speed up diagnoses.