Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

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On August 2, 2022, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local emergency related to the increasing spread of the monkeypox virus.

Elected leaders of both the State of California and the County of Los Angeles had made similar declarations in the interest of public health, which are now in effect. On August 4, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra likewise  declared monkeypox a public health emergency for the entire nation.

Additional details and links to updated public health information are below, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH).


On August 18, 2022, the White House National Monkeypox Response team announced a series of actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to further accelerate its response to the virus outbreak and mitigate its spread.
See the full text of the announcement.


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Anyone can get and spread monkeypox; it can be spread by:

  • Touching monkeypox lesions on a person’s skin;
  • Touching contaminated objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels), and surfaces that have been in contact with someone infected;
  • Coming into contact with respiratory droplets or secretions from their eyes, nose, and mouth.

The virus can also spread from animals to people (see below).


Image of a human body with arrows pointing towards areas symptoms can appear, including headaches, chills, backaches, lesions, chills.

Early signs may include fever, muscle aches, headache, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and cough or sore throat. Rashes may develop, often beginning on the face and spreading to other parts of the body, and may vary in severity. Skin lesions may also develop anywhere on the body and change into bumps or blisters, then scabs.

More information on transmission and symptoms




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Individuals that suspect they have monkeypox should speak with their healthcare providers and get tested.

More information on testing.

Vaccines & Eligibility

Check here for the LA County Department of Public Health’s most recent guidance on eligibility and vaccine appointments. 

Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Additional information on the current vaccine


If you are exposed to a confirmed monkeypox case, monitor your health for 21 days after your last exposure and contact your healthcare provider with any concerns. Isolation for a confirmed monkeypox case can last several weeks (from 5 to 21 days).

Information on isolation and cleaning

Workplace guidance for businesses

Monkeypox in Pets

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains how the virus can spread from animals to humans, and from humans to their household pets through close contact.  See Pets in the Home for a detailed advisory.



LA County Department of Public Health 

State of California Department of Public Health 

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