monkeypox-related death in the US.State Health Department officials in Texas reported the death of the “severely immunocompromised” Harris County patient.
An investigation continues as to what exact role monkeypox may have played in their death.There have been around 18,000 reported monkeypox cases in the US.
The vast majority of these are in gay and bisexual men, but everyone is at risk. The infection is passed on via skin-to-skin contact, although it appears more likely during intimate or sexual contact.Yesterday, during a White House press briefing, Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC was asked about the Texas death.“It’s serious and our hearts certainly go out to this family who have lost a loved one.
And while we are doing further investigation to find out what role monkeypox may have played, it’s important to focus that we have mitigation measures in place to prevent monkeypox,” she said.“It’s important to emphasize that deaths due to monkeypox, while possible, remain very rare,” she said.Related: Monkeypox: New York City reports “steep decline” in new casesYesterday, the White House said it planned to continue targeting its vaccine rollout at large-scale LGBTQ events.