Local health departments confirmed six people who had tested positive for monkeypox, including two in New York City and two in Chicago. One in Nevada, one in Maryland, and one in Nevada.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated that it was “deeply disturbed by the reported deaths of the two individuals, and our hearts go to their loved ones and the community.”
The NYC DOH stated that they would make would effort to prevent further suffering from the virus through community engagement, information-sharing, and vaccination.
According to the Chicago Department of Health, both Chicagoans who died from monkeypox were also suffering from other conditions, such as a weak immune system.
Dr. Allison Arwady, CDPH Commissioner, stated that although the number of MPV cases has decreased substantially in recent summers, it is still a stark reminder of how dangerous MPV can be and that it can cause serious illness and even death.
According to the Maryland Department of Health, Monkeypox contributed to the death of a Maryland resident who was immunocompromised.
Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, stated that vaccinations are the best way to prevent serious illness from MPX if you are eligible.
In September, Los Angeles County reported the first monkeypox-related death in the United States. Although monkeypox was confirmed in Houston, the cause of death has not been determined.
Ohio reported the death of its first monkeypox patient in September. However, it noted that the individual had also suffered from other health problems.
It can be difficult for someone to prove they have died from monkeypox. According to Dr. Priya Banerjee (a Rhode Island-based forensic pathologist and clinical assistant professor in pathology and laboratory medicine at Brown University), the virus must be found in the body.
She explained that dying from an infection is usually systemic. This means the entire body or a significant organ such as the liver, heart, brain, or lungs is affected. It’s not because they are infected that they die. That’s the distinction you need to make. It’s a significant one. Limitations include not only identifying the organ affected but also how severe it is. No one will call it a cause for death until that is confirmed.
Although the number of cases of monkeypox in the United States has been declining in recent weeks, there is still concern about severe illness and death in immunocompromised patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 27884 cases of monkeypox confirmed or probable in the US as of Friday.