Texas confirmed first death of person with monkeypox

Texas officials confirmed the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox on August 30. The case is currently under investigation to determine what role monkeypox played.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on August 30 after officials in Texas confirmed the first death of a person with monkeypox in the United States. This story has been updated with the latest information.

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the current monkeypox outbreak to be a Public health emergency of international concern. As of August 30, cases of monkeypox have been identified in at least 99 countries. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

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In early August, a VERIFY viewer asked us if there had been any monkeypox deaths in the United States since the outbreak began.


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On August 30, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States.

The patient was an adult resident of Harris County who was severely immunocompromised. The case is being investigated to determine what role monkeypox played in the death, the department said.

“Monkeypox is a serious illness, especially for people with compromised immune systems,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS officer. “We continue to urge people to seek treatment if they have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms consistent with the disease.”

The World Health Organization publishes weekly updates on the current monkeypox outbreak. That The last report contained data from WHO member countries by August 22 and was published on August 24.

Data from the CDC shows that as of August 30, there have been 18,101 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States. Every state has detected cases of monkeypox.

According to the WHO, as of August 22, there have been 41,664 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide and 12 confirmed deaths from monkeypox outside the United States.

Previous outbreaks of monkeypox in recent times have had a mortality rate of around 3-6% who says. A fatality rate for the current global outbreak has not been determined.

according to WHO, With the exception of areas in Africa where monkeypox was transmitted in the past, the current monkeypox outbreak is reported primarily by men who have sex with men who have recently had sex with one or more partners. The CDC says transmission in the United States is being watched by the same community.

According to Mark Slifka, Ph.D., the virus has not spread significantly among populations in the US that are more susceptible to severe monkeypox.

“Children are more susceptible to a fatal infection, as are people with a weakened immune system, for example a person with cancer or who is taking chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs or has untreated HIV,” Slifka, who studied infectious diseases and vaccine development during his studies 2003 outbreak of monkeypox that happened in the US, VERIFY said.

“The good news, when there’s good news, is that young, healthy adults have a lower risk of mortality. But that doesn’t mean this is a disease you want to ignore. It’s very important to reduce these transmissions because they can spread to other household items and other family members, including those more vulnerable and vulnerable populations,” he said.

According to the CDC, if you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms, it’s important to avoid close contact with others, including having sex or intimacy with someone, until you’ve been evaluated by a healthcare provider.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a vaccine that would prevent monkeypox and smallpox in 2019. The Jynneos vaccine is given in two doses and is recommended for people aged 18 and over who are at high risk of monkeypox. The CDC has a listing of the current eligibility for the vaccine:

1. Known contacts identified by public health via case investigations, contact tracing and risk exposure assessments

2. Probable contacts who can meet the following criteria:

  • Know that a sexual partner has been diagnosed with monkeypox in the past 14 days
  • Had multiple sexual partners in a country with known monkeypox in the past 14 days

Some states have expanded their eligibility criteria beyond what the CDC recommends. If you have questions about your state’s vaccination criteria, contact your local health department.

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