Six Monkeypox Patients Have Died
(CNN) — Six people who tested positive for monkeypox -- two in New York City, two in Chicago, one in Nevada and one in Maryland — have died, local health departments have confirmed.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was "deeply saddened by the two reported deaths, and our hearts go out to the individuals' loved ones and community.""Every effort will be made to prevent additional suffering from this virus through continued community engagement, information-sharing, and vaccination," the NYC DOH said.The two Chicagoans who died after testing positive for monkeypox had multiple other health conditions, including weakened immune systems, according to the Chicago Department of Health (CDPH)."Though the number of new MPV cases has declined substantially since summer, this is a stark reminder that MPV is dangerous and can cause serious illness, and in very rare cases, even death," said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.Monkeypox was a contributing factor in the death of a Maryland resident, who was immunocompromised and experiencing a severe case, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) said."If you are eligible, such as being immunocompromised or at-risk, the best way to protect yourself against serious illness from MPX is by getting vaccinated," said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr.