Monkeypox caused the death of a citizen of Los Angeles County who had a weakened immune system, according to the announcement made by local health authorities on Monday. It is considered to be the first mortality in the United States caused by the illness.
The Department of Public Health for Los Angeles County made the announcement on the cause of death, and a representative for the department said that an autopsy verified the information. The patient had a significantly impaired immune system and had been admitted to the hospital. There was no more information about the individual that was made public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors instances of the disease and reports that it has not been linked to any fatalities in the United States. Officials from LA County have said that they collaborated with the CDC on this matter.
When asked if this was the first death in the U.S., a CDC representative acknowledged that they were working together but didn’t answer right away.
On August 30, authorities from the Texas Department of Public Health stated that an individual who had been diagnosed with monkeypox had passed away. The individual was also critically immunocompromised, and an examination is now being conducted into their case to establish the possible impact that monkeypox had in their passing.
The virus that causes monkeypox is contagious and can only be passed from person to person via prolonged skin-to-skin contact. It may bring on symptoms such as a rash, fever, pains all over the body, and chills. The illness has been directly connected to the deaths of just a small number of individuals all across the globe, and hospitalizations and fatalities are quite uncommon.
People who are in close contact with someone who has the disease; people who are aware that a sexual partner was diagnosed within the past two weeks; and gay or bisexual men who have had multiple sexual partners within the past two weeks in an area where it is known that the virus is spreading are all encouraged to get the monkeypox vaccine. It is also suggested that health care workers who are at a high risk of exposure get vaccinations.