Six new deaths have been linked to monkeypox
Two more monkeypox-positive patients died in Chicago, two in New York, one in Nevada, and one in Maryland.
State sources show nine deaths, while the CDC lists six through Friday. Thursday and Friday state agencies reported six more deaths.
27,884 instances nationwide.
Two people with multiple health issues and impaired immune systems died Friday, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Both adults were hospitalized for over six weeks after contracting the infection. “Our hearts go out to these individuals’ families and friends,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady.
“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.”
The Maryland Department of Health stated that a person who died was immunocompromised but that monkeypox was a “contributing factor” in their death. The Chicago notification followed.
Dr. Jinlene Chan, the state’s deputy secretary for public health services, warned that human monkeypox can still kill.
“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.”
CBS News reported two more NYC deaths Thursday. Both patients were previously ill.
“We are deeply saddened by the two reported deaths and our hearts go out to the individuals’ loved ones and community,” the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said.
“Every effort will be made to prevent additional suffering from this virus through continued community engagement, information-sharing and vaccination.”
On Thursday, Clark County’s sixth death was a male over 50 with medical issues.
“This is a tragic situation, and our sympathies are with his family and friends,” said Southern Nevada Health District official Dr. Fermin Leguen.
After the Sept. 12 Los Angeles County fatality, the new deaths occurred. The patient was “severely immunocompromised” and hospitalized.
Ohio reported the second fatality late September.
In late August, Texas health officials investigated the death of a monkeypox patient, although it was unclear if the virus caused it.