Monkeypox death confirmed by Los Angeles County health officials, believed to be 1st in US

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County resident with a compromised immune system has died from monkeypox, local health officials said Monday. It is believed to be the first death in the US from the disease.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health announced the cause of death, and a spokesman said it was confirmed by an autopsy. The patient was severely immunocompromised and was hospitalized. No further information about the person was released.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases and has not confirmed any U.S. deaths from the disease. LA County officials said they were cooperating with the CDC on their case.

A CDC spokesman confirmed the collaboration but didn’t immediately respond when asked if this was the first death in the United States.

Texas public health officials on Aug. 30 reported the death of a person who had been diagnosed with monkeypox. The individual was severely immunocompromised and her case is being investigated to determine what role monkeypox may have played in her death.

Monkeypox is transmitted through close skin contact and prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets. It can cause skin rash, fever, body aches and chills. Relatively few people require hospitalization and only a handful of deaths worldwide are directly related to the disease.

The CDC recommends the monkeypox vaccine for people who have close contact with someone who has the disease; People who know a sexual partner has been diagnosed in the past two weeks; and gay or bisexual men who have had multiple sex partners in an area of ​​known virus spread in the past two weeks. Shots are also recommended for medical workers at high risk of exposure.

The United States has the highest number of cases in the world with 21,985 confirmed cases, according to the CDC. California has recorded the most cases nationwide, with more than 4,300. Black people and Latinos were disproportionately infected.

A recent drop in cases coupled with a surge in vaccinations has heartened the White House as officials promise to increase vaccination offerings at LGBTQ pride festivals across the country in the coming weeks.

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