Monkeypox Deaths: Reported in Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Nevada
Local health officials in Illinois and Maryland reported the outbreak’s first deaths on Friday, a day after authorities in New York and Nevada said they had also discovered their first deaths among citizens who had tested positive for the virus.
Out of more than 27,800 infections across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have so far officially recorded six deaths, up from two last week.
This year’s first confirmed death occurred in California, and a second one was recorded in Ohio last month. It has not yet been determined by authorities whether a Texas fatality that was reported in August was caused by monkeypox.
Two citizens of Chicago died on Friday, according to the health department, from “various other health issues, including impaired immune systems.” The individuals were both hospitalized after they were both diagnosed with the illness “more than six weeks ago.”
Monkeypox “was a contributing cause” in a death recorded in Maryland, according to a notice from the state’s health department, which was also issued on Friday. Additionally, “immunocompromised, resulting in a more severe condition” was true of that person.
Two New York City citizens “just passed away” after testing positive, according to a representative for the state’s health department on Thursday. Both had “underlying health issues that put them at increased risk of serious outcomes from infection with monkeypox.”
Authorities in Nevada also reported on Thursday the death of a man in the Las Vegas area who had been diagnosed with monkeypox.
The Southern Nevada Health Department stated in a release that the patient was a male over the age of 50 with underlying medical issues whose death was attributed to other reasons.
The four counties that have recently reported more deaths from monkeypox have all declined to provide further information about the deaths, citing privacy concerns.
Earlier this week, federal officials had stated that numerous deaths thought to be connected to the virus were being looked into across the nation.
A representative for the Houston region’s Harris Health System stated on Wednesday that the previously reported death of a Texas patient thought to have monkeypox is still unconfirmed and is awaiting testing.
The latest deaths occur months after a statewide spike in new monkeypox cases. Around the nation, the frequency of new infections has significantly decreased.
The number of new infections in New York City, which was previously a hub for outbreaks, is currently only a few per day on average. San Francisco declared an emergency for the outbreak on Thursday, although it intended to stop it quickly.
Overall, guys who have sex with other men continue to report the majority of cases. However, some demographics have changed since the outbreak’s beginning: According to federal data, non-White patients are now the majority of new cases.
The virus had spread to increasingly vulnerable groups, such as homeless communities, and federal health officials had issued a warning about the rising incidence of severe illnesses and hospitalizations.
There have been cases found, hundreds of cases in total, including serious ones. According to anecdotal evidence, those are those who are homeless without shelter. At the ID Week conference on Wednesday, the CDC’s Agam Rao stated, “And we’re working to try to understand the exposures that have occurred.
In addition, clinicians treating severe monkeypox infections in patients with underlying illnesses, such as advanced untreated HIV, have been contacting the agency more frequently, according to Rao.
“People with severe immunosuppression don’t have the capacity to get rid of the virus on their own,”
Rao reported that tecovirimat, an investigational antiviral medication used to treat severe monkeypox cases, had been utilized to treat some severe cases.
“That causes the replication to lag. But the removal of the virus itself still requires the immune system, according to Rao.