US Has First Monkeypox Fatality

Texas patient was severely immunocompromised, officials say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2022 1:06 AM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2022 6:03 AM CDT
Texas Reports First US Monkeypox Death
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.   (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

The US has suffered its first monkeypox death, though it's not clear whether monkeypox caused the death. A severely immunocompromised adult who was infected with monkeypox has died in Texas, health officials say. The form of the virus circulating in the US is rarely fatal, and an investigation is underway into what role monkeypox played in the death, Reuters reports. "This is the first death in an presumed positive for monkeypox that we are aware of. However, the individual had various severe illnesses and until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death," a CDC spokesperson says, per CBS News. Around 15 people have died worldwide during the monkeypox outbreak. (More monkeypox stories.)

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