Riverside County health officials report first pediatric case of monkeypox in county

A child from western Riverside County is the first pediatric case of MPX (monkeypox) in the county, according to local health officials. Officials from Riverside University Health System-Public Health were notified last week about the preliminary positive test results and are trying to determine the source of the infection.

The child, who is less than 10 years old, did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home.

“This case reminds everyone that MPX can impact anyone, regarding of age, gender, or sexual orientation,” Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County, said.

Riverside County has reported about 256 probable/confirmed MPX cases in the county, the majority coming from the Coachella Valley. There have been a handful of cases reported in women.

Health officials remind residents there are several ways to protect themselves from MPX, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people with symptoms like sores or rashes.
  • Practicing good hand hygiene.
  • Using appropriate personal protective equipment like a mask, gown, and gloves when caring for others with symptoms.
  • Avoiding contact with infected materials contaminated with the virus.
  • People who become infected should isolate until their symptoms are improving or have gone away completely. Rash should always be well covered until completely healed.

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