‘No need for alarm’ after Texas patient who tested positive for monkeypox dies, officials say person was immunocompromised

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas– Harris County Health reported that one patient died with monkeypox, but that doesn’t mean the patient died from the virus.

We know the patient, who is not publicly identified, was immunocompromised. An autopsy will determine the cause of death, but nonetheless it has drawn the attention of Austin public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To date, there have been 18,101 reported cases of monkeypox in the United States, including 1,604 in Texas. And officially, not a single death has been directly attributed to the virus.

“For most people, getting monkeypox is painful, but it’s not life-threatening,” said Lara Anton of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “If you have a fever and chills and swollen lymph nodes and then have this unexplained rash, get it checked out right away.”

The CDC issued a statement following the reported death of the person with monkeypox, writing in part, “Most people who get this form of the disease are likely to survive.” However, people with compromised immune systems are more likely to become ill, seriously ill, or die.”

ABC13 spoke to Dr. David Persse, director of the Houston City Emergency Medical Services.

“I don’t think many people in Houston need to be afraid of dying from monkeypox,” Persse said. “But if you’re someone who has multiple sex partners and you get monkeypox, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a horrible rash, and it’ll last for several weeks.”

dr Luis Ostrosky, infectious disease expert at UT Health and Memorial Hermann, added that education and awareness are key to slowing or stopping the spread of the virus.

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“At this point there is no evidence that we have community-wide transmission of this virus,” he said. “We are in a very delicate moment right now where we are in a position to contain the outbreak by trading in the primary risk population. And if we can contain it there, we will prevent it from being transmitted to household transmission, then school or work transmission.”

Harris County has a monkeypox hotline at (832) 927-0707 for questions and concerns about the virus and the available vaccine.

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