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Since Monkeypox arrived in the nation months ago, the Department of Public Health on Monday reported the first known fatality in the country that was caused by the disease.
The announcement of the health organization was supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They cited the person’s impaired immune system as the reason for the mortality following the monkeypox infection. However, according to the CDC, the person was admitted to the hospital before passing away.
According to the Department of Public Health, no other information on the subject will be released.
The rarity of a Monkeypox death
Monkeypox deaths are quite uncommon. Babies, expectant mothers, and immunocompromised individuals brought on by other illnesses such as HIV are frequently involved in the cases that have been reported. One instance of Monkeypox that resulted in death occurred in Harris County last month. Health officials have not yet determined whether the death was entirely attributable to Monkeypox or not.
According to CDC data, over 22,000 infections have been reported throughout the United States this year. California had the most recorded incidences (4,300). In total, governments throughout the world have confirmed 58,000 cases. Monkeypox-related deaths have also reached 18.
The overall number of deaths caused by Monkeypox is currently 19; this represents just 0.00032% of all positive cases. This merely serves to demonstrate that Monkeypox deaths are highly infrequent.
The cases of Monkeypox are slowing down
According to the CDC, there are fewer instances of Monkeypox now. It is nevertheless advised to exercise utmost vigilance amid health organizations’ warnings that complacency will only injure the nation.
“We’re continuing to see a downward trend in Europe. While reported cases from the Americas also declined last week, it’s harder to draw firm conclusions about the epidemic in that region. Some countries in the Americas continue to report an increasing number of cases, and in some, there is likely to be underreported due to stigma and discrimination or a lack of information for those who need it most,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, the Director-General of the World Health Organization.
“A downward trend can be the most dangerous time if it opens the door to complacency.”
The US still needs to be cautious
In the event that nations do not take safeguards against Monkeypox, authorities are still on high alert for a potential spike in cases. As a result, medical professionals highly recommend that the US keep vaccinating large numbers of people, particularly high-risk populations, including expectant mothers, young children, and those with weakened immune systems.
“We’re not seeing the potentially exponential growth that we were seeing early on, so that is reassuring. Too early to say things look really good, but definitely some signs of slowing of cases,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, the Chicago public health commissioner.
It was announced a few weeks ago by the Health and Human Services that it had acquired enough Jynneos vaccinations to give to high-risk populations. Since the US has agreements with Bavarian Nordic, the sole firm authorized to ship monkeypox vaccinations to the US, the number of vaccines that are accessible to Americans will rise.
Here’s the statement from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health:
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has confirmed the first death due to Monkeypox in a Los Angeles County resident. Public Health sends heartfelt condolences and wishes of healing to the family and friends mourning the loss of their loved one.
The resident was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized.
To protect confidentiality and privacy, additional information on this case will not be made public.
Persons severely immunocompromised who suspect they have Monkeypox are encouraged to seek medical care and treatment early and remain under the care of a provider during their illness.
For more information, please visit the Country of Los Angeles Public Health website.
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