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What you should know about
Monkeypox

Residents can call the Public Health Call Center for more information on monkeypox, including general information, testing, treatment, and vaccines: (833) 540-0473
Open 7 days a week 8am – 8:30pm

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IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MONKEYPOX

Public Health recommends that you speak to your primary care provider.

If you do not have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 for assistance. In addition, people that have developed a rash can access services at Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics.

View the Public Health Sexual Health Clinic Schedule (PDF)

For home isolation, cleaning, and guidance if exposed, see resources.

Current Situation in LA County

Public Health is continuing to investigate and conduct contact tracing. For any close contact, Public Health will monitor and coordinate post-exposure prevention for close contacts, as needed.

The risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low based on the information available.

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About Monkeypox

Key symptom: Rash

Rash, bumps, or blisters

The rash may:

  • Look like bumps, pimples, blisters, sores, or scabs
  • Be anywhere on the body including on the genitals, anus, mouth, hands, and face.
  • Be in just one area or may spread over the body.
  • Be itchy, or painful (especially if the rash is inside the mouth or anus).

Other symptoms: Flu-like symptoms

Fever / chills

Exhaustion, muscle aches, and headache

Swollen lymph nodes

  • Flu-like symptoms can appear 1-4 days before the rash starts or after the rash starts.
  • Not everyone will get these symptoms.

Symptoms usually start 5-21 days after exposure
Most people recover in 2-4 weeks

What is monkeypox? How does it spread? What does it look like? How can I prevent monkeypox?

How do you test for monkeypox?

If you have a rash that might be due to monkeypox, your health provider will evaluate you and, based on their assessment, may swab your rash for testing. The swabs are sent to a lab, and the test result should be available in a few days. There are no self-tests or home tests for monkeypox at this time.

Until you know you don’t have monkeypox, it is important to follow monkeypox isolation instructions.

How is monkeypox treated?

Many people with monkeypox have a mild illness and recover without any antiviral treatment. This usually takes 2 to 4 weeks. There are no FDA approved medicines to specifically treat monkeypox. But an FDA approved antiviral medicine used to treat smallpox called tecovirimat (or TPOXX) can be used to treat people with monkeypox. TPOXX can be given to people with severe monkeypox, including lesions in sensitive areas or pain that is not controlled with over-the-counter remedies. It can also be given to people who are more likely to get severely ill. Learn more at CDC Patient’s Guide to Monkeypox Treatment with TPOXX.

If you have monkeypox, your doctor can also prescribe non-monkeypox medicines that can help reduce pain and irritation from the rash or sores. For information on how to manage your symptoms, visit the CDC webpage What to Do If You Are Sick.

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