Orange County reports first monkeypox infection in child

Orange County Health Officials this week confirmed the county’s first case of monkeypox in a child, a rare occurrence even though the virus continues to spread nationwide.

“Please remember that monkeypox is very uncommon in children,” said Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, Orange County Health Officer. “It’s important to note that many childhood illnesses can cause skin rashes. If you or your children develop a new or unusual skin rash, please follow the preventative advice and seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional for further recommendations.”

There have been at least five other cases of monkeypox in teenagers in California. Still, the juvenile diseases account for only about 2% of the state’s total monkeypox cases, which have now surpassed 3,000, state data shows. In Orange County, officials had confirmed 126 cases as of Wednesday.

The majority of cases across California and worldwide continue to involve men or transgender people who have sex with men. The virus spreads primarily through intimate skin-to-skin contact, such as B. Intercourse. However, monkeypox can also be spread through objects that have come into contact with infectious lesions, such as B. bed linen or towels, and by respiratory droplets in close personal contact, e.g. B. kissing.

No one has died from monkeypox in the United States, and most people recover without treatment, but the skin lesions that can develop can be extremely painful. A small percentage of those infected ended up in the hospital for additional treatment, the California Department of Health and Human Services reported.

The first two cases of people under the age of 18 contracting monkeypox were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late July, including a toddler in California. At the time, CDC officials said the two teenage cases were linked to infected household members and that the children had been treated with investigational drug Tpoxx, which has shown promise in reducing the severity of monkeypox symptoms.

The first pediatric case of monkeypox in Los Angeles County has also been linked to household members, Long Beach health officials said when that case was reported earlier this month. The child has since recovered.

The Orange County Health Care Agency did not immediately respond to questions about how the youth contracted the virus, whether treatment was received, or if the child has recovered.

In a statement, the Orange County Health Care Agency said contact tracing was ongoing and vaccines would be offered to those who may have been exposed to the child.

Monkeypox vaccines are still limited, so widespread vaccination is not recommended. The two-dose series is offered to those most at risk, primarily men or transgender people who have sex with men and who meet certain health or risk factors.

Orange County residents can verify their eligibility and register for immunizations at www.othena.com or call the Health Care Agency’s Referral Hotline at (800) 564-9448, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-25/orange-county-reports-first-monkeypox-infection-in-child Orange County reports first monkeypox infection in child

Russell Falcon

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