Health officials in California announced Friday that monkeypox has been confirmed in two children in the United States. One of them was in California.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California infant is a toddler and that of the other infant in the U.S. is an infant who has not yet become a U.S. resident.
According to the children, they were in good health and receiving treatment. Officials are still investigating how they contracted the disease, but believe it was via household transmission. Other details have not been immediately made public.
Los Angeles County was home to 147 reported cases MonkeypoxAs of July 21.
Due to demand and lack of availability, pre-registration for the monkeypox vaccine was paused by the county July 20.
Hundreds of doses of JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccines from Riverside County’s limited supply were distributed to health clinics in the
Coachella Valley, Riverside University Health System spokesperson said Friday.
Monkeypox is endemic in parts of Africa, but this year more than 15,000 cases have been reported in countries that historically don’t see the disease. The vast majority of cases in the U.S. and Europe have been reported by men who have had sex with other men. However, health officials stress that the virus can be transmitted to anyone.
There have been at most six cases of monkeypox in Europe among 17-year-olds and younger.
Doctors in the Netherlands published this week a report about a boy who had around 20 red-brown bumps on his body. It was monkeypox. Doctors couldn’t pinpoint how he got it.
Children in Africa have had monkeypox more often than in other countries. Doctors have also reported higher rates of serious cases and death in young children.
One possibility is that older adults may have been vaccinated against smallpox when they were children, which could give them some protection from monkeypox. Dr. James Lawler at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, an infectious disease specialist, suggested this explanation.
The elimination of smallpox 40 years ago meant that the vaccinations for smallpox were no longer available. Lawler stated that smallpox vaccinations have been discontinued for children born after the disease was eradicated around 40 years ago.
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