BREAKING NEWS: Monkeypox Cases More Than Doubled In Los Angeles County; The Lesions Can Appear First in the Genital Area and Rectum Before Spreading to Other Parts of the Body; 98% of Cases Are Homosexual Men

Isaac Robinson-Smith, 32, receives a monkeypox vaccine from medical assistant Elisa Nunez at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 10. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

BREAKING NEWS: Monkeypox Cases More Than Doubled In Los Angeles County; The Lesions Can Appear First in the Genital Area and Rectum Before Spreading to Other Parts of the Body; 98% of Cases Are Homosexual Men

The number of cumulative monkeypox cases has more than doubled in Los Angeles County in the last two weeks as officials race to better track the virus and more widely vaccinate more vulnerable communities.

There have been 1,105 cumulative monkeypox cases reported countywide as of Friday, according to data from the Department of Public Health. As of this week, that total includes the region’s first cases in a jail and in a homeless shelter, according to health officer Dr. Muntu Davis. The median age of people with confirmed monkeypox cases in L.A. County is 35.

Nearly half the county’s cases for which geographic information is available have been reported in the health service planning area for the central part of the county, which includes West Hollywood, Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Boyle Heights. About 12% of the county’s residents live in this region.

About 15% of L.A. County’s monkeypox cases are in an area that includes the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, county health data show. Roughly 22% of county residents live in that region.

Source: YahooNews, Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II, Grace Toohey

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