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Monkeypox: First U.S. Death Confirmed

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(CNN) — A Los Angeles County resident's death has been attributed to monkeypox, the county Department of Public Health said Monday, the first known death from the virus in the US.The department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the link and said the person had a severely weakened immune system and had been hospitalized.

No further information will be made public, the department said in a news release."Persons severely immunocompromised who suspect they have monkeypox are encouraged to seek medical care and treatment early and remain under the care of a provider during their illness," the news release says.Deaths from monkeypox are extremely rare and often affect babies, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as from HIV.

A person in Harris County, Texas, who had monkeypox died last month, but the virus' role in that death has not been confirmed.There have been almost 22,000 cases of probable or confirmed monkeypox reported in the US this year, as of Monday, CDC data shows.

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