Reported in Los Angeles County  Nation’s first MPX case in healthcare worker exposed on the job 

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According to public health officials in Los Angeles County, the death is the first MPX death in the country.

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It is the first instance of monkeypox in a healthcare professional in the country, according to an L.A.

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County health official. According to Dr. Rita Singhal, the employee seems to have been exposed to the virus at their workplace.

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The L.A. County Department of Public Health refuses to provide any additional information regarding the

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condition of the healthcare worker or the manner in which the virus was acquired.

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Unlike the coronavirus, MPX requires close skin-to-skin contact with an infected lesion in order to be

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spread. As the virus is easily transferred via sexual contact, cases in this outbreak have largely been

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found among transgender people and males who have sex with men.

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According to the Public Health Department, 97% of MPX cases in L.A. County have been proven to be in Man

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and of those cases for whose sexual orientation is known, more than 90% have identified as gay or bisexual.

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