LA County confirms a death from monkeypox, only 2nd fatal case in U.S.

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Sep 20, 2022, 1:07:55 PM9/20/22

The case was only the second in the United States being investigated as a
possible monkeypox death

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,
along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed
Monday the first death due to monkeypox in a county resident.

The person "was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized," the
health department said in a statement Monday.

The person's identity was not released.

The case first came to light last Thursday, when health officials
announced the death of a person who was infected with monkeypox - though
at the time, an investigation was still ongoing as to whether the ailment
was a contributing factor in the fatality.

The case was only the second in the United States being investigated as a
possible monkeypox death. Texas previously reported a death involving a
monkeypox patient.

Dr. Rita Singhal, chief medical officer for the county health department,
said last week that, worldwide, there have been "seven confirmed deaths
among monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries."

As of Thursday, there were 1,805 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox
identified in the county, the vast majority of them involving gay men.

The health department Monday urged people who are severely
immunocompromised and who suspect they have monkeypox to seek medical care
and treatment early and remain under the care of a provider during their

Monkeypox is generally spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact,
resulting from infectious rashes and scabs, though respiratory secretions
and bodily fluids exchanged during extended physical episodes, such as
sexual intercourse, can also lead to transmission, according to the CDC.

It can also be transmitted through the sharing of items such as bedding
and towels.

Symptoms include fresh pimples, blisters, rashes, fever and fatigue. There
is no specific treatment. People who have been infected with smallpox, or
have been vaccinated for it, may have immunity to monkeypox.

According to health officials, the vaccine can prevent infection if given
before or shortly after exposure to the virus.

More information is available here at the Los Angeles County website.

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