According to health experts, the first reported monkeypox death in the United States occurred in an immunocompromised Los Angeles County resident.
Based on the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, an autopsy verified that the person’s death, which was first reported on September 8, was caused by monkeypox.
“Public Health extends deepest condolences and healing wishes to the family and friends who have lost a loved one,” officials stated in a statement.
The resident has not been identified officially, but health officials have stated that they have been hospitalized.
An adult in Texas died last month from what appears to be monkeypox, but an autopsy has yet to determine the cause of death.
According to Harris County Public Health, the victim reportedly had other health issues.
In the most recent CDC update in late August, the United States had recorded 21,985 monkeypox infections. Nearly 58,000 cases have been reported worldwide.
According to the CDC, monkeypox is a viral disease that spreads by “close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.” Sexual intercourse is one example, but it is not the only one.
A rash on the genitals, hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth that scabs before healing, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, muscle aches, headache, and respiratory issues such as a cough or nasal congestion are among the symptoms.
There is a two-dose vaccine available.