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Texas officials confirm first monkeypox death in state

Texas officials confirm first monkeypox death in state

According to The Hill, Texas has confirmed what appears to be the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States. In a news release, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said the patient was an adult living in Harris County who was severely immunosuppressed. Authorities are investigating what role the virus played in the person’s death.

John Hellerstedt, the Texas Health Commissioner, also spoke out about the death in a news release stating that monkeypox is a serious disease for people with weakened immune systems. While the virus is painful for most people, the department says it’s not life-threatening.

“We continue to urge people to seek treatment if they have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms consistent with the disease,” John said.

CNBC reports that so far, eight countries have reported 15 monkeypox deaths since the global outbreak began this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC also reports that the United States is battling the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world right now. More than 18,000 cases have been reported across the country. Every state has confirmed infections, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC As we previously reported, tThe virus is spread primarily through sexual contact between gay and bisexual men. About 94% of confirmed cases were associated with sex. Almost all of the patients are men who have sex with men, Demetre Daskalakis, deputy head of the White House monkeypox response team, told reporters last Friday.

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The virus disproportionately affects black and Hispanic men. Reports show that about 30% of monkeypox patients are white, 32% are Hispanic, and 33% are black. Whites comprise about 59% of the US population, while Hispanics and Blacks make up 19% and 13%, respectively.

Roommates, we will keep you updated as more information about this death becomes available.


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