A severely immunocompromised adult who tested positive for monkeypox has died in Texas, becoming the first U.S. death associated with a pandemic, state health officials said Tuesday.
Such deaths are public health emergencyThe number of cases worldwide is approaching 49,000, but world health organization Only 15 monkeypox-related deaths have been documented. in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention As of 29 August, 18,101 cases have been tallied. The death in Texas is the first associated with the case.
So far, health officials are still unsure if monkeypox was the cause of the person’s death. Harris County officials said: news release An autopsy is underway and results are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Another release from the State Department of Health Adults are “severely immunocompromised” and “investigations are underway to determine what role monkeypox played in death”.
“Monkeypox is a serious disease, especially for people with weakened immune systems,” said Texas Department of Health Director John Hellerstedt. If so, please continue to seek medical attention.”
At a White House press conference Tuesday afternoon, Jennifer McKiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Serious Pathogens and Pathology, highlighted uncertainty about monkeypox deaths and the rarity of fatalities in this outbreak. did.
“We understand that this patient also had underlying medical conditions and a lot of things were going on,” McQuiston said. “I think additional research is needed to find out what role monkeypox played or did not play in their deaths.” “We are undertaking mitigation efforts to prevent monkeypox.” These include vaccination, testing and treatment.
of Reported international fatalitiesA 41-year-old Brazilian man who reportedly died of monkeypox had lymphoma and However, two people who died of monkeypox-associated encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in Spain were not immunocompromised and were thought to have been previously healthy.