Since the city’s first case on July 16, there have been 50 probable and confirmed monkeypox infections in Long Beach.
Immunocompromised residents, “who may be at high risk for severe disease,” are now eligible for a monkeypox vaccine, Long Beach officials said last night.
The infected child was symptomatic but is now recovered, health officials said, releasing no further details about the minor.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said the declaration will help the state coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment and vaccines.
On Thursday, San Francisco declared a state of emergency, but the state of California has decided not to follow suit so far.
So far, the city has been able to vaccinate about 300 people, city officials said, but until recently had lacked sufficient supplies of the JYNNEOS vaccine to inoculate the list of about 1,600 people who have filed requests with the city.
All nine cases were in men, according to the Long Beach Health Department, which is currently carrying out contact tracing and is notifying people who may have been exposed.
Because stockpiles of the vaccine used to prevent monkeypox are limited across the nation, the city imposes strict criteria for those wishing to get vaccinated.
“We need better testing,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “Anything that is a painful rash needs to be tested for monkeypox.”