Monkeypox in La.: Here’s what LDH says you need to know

“It’s not Ebola. It’s not COVID.”

Those were some of the first words Louisiana Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter spoke as he led a Department of Health (LDH) technical briefing announcing the first case of monkeypox in a Louisiana resident today. Kanter said that while monkeypox was previously detected in an out-of-state resident who was visiting Louisiana, today’s announcement marked the first Louisiana resident to have the disease.

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