City Public Health Emergency: Monkeypox

Posted on 08/02/2022
Magnified image of Monkeypox virus cells, with headings: MONKEYPOX and PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

On August 2, 2022 -- under LA City Administrative Code, Sec. 8.7 -- Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti declared the existence of a local emergency related to the increasing spread here of the monkeypox virus, which "can lead to significant, acute health impacts, including severe pain, hospitalization, long term symptoms, and, in some instances, death ...."

In a signed declaration, he directed the City's Emergency Operations Organization "to take the necessary steps for the protection of life, health and safety in the City of Los Angeles."

More of the Mayor's statement, as well  as the full text of his declaration may be found at:  LA Mayor's Statement

In the same week, elected leaders of both the State of California and the County of Los Angeles made similar declarations in the interest of public health, which are now in effect.  Watch for additional details in the coming days, here, and on all local government web- and social media sites that regularly communicate public health information, as well as through the links below.

LA City Monkeypox Public Health Emergency


Graphics showing symptoms of Monkeypox, including skin rashes, fever and headaches and swollen lynph nodes

About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is spread by close personal contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching contaminated items. Although the chances of getting monkeypox are still quite low, it's important to be on the lookout for any symptoms that suddenly appear -- such as rashes -- which may be accompanied by a flu-like illness. 

If you notice symptoms or feel you may have been exposed, take a break from seeing others and contact your healthcare provider immediately.


And, stay informed . . .

More details -- including testing/vaccination information -- at: LA County Monkeypox

The State of California's Monkeypox resource pages may be found here

 Experts at the University of California-Davis shared this informative video: "What is Monkeypox"