Health officials in Los Angeles County say that a person with monkeypox may be the first person to die in California.
Thursday, Dr Rita Singhal, who is the chief medical officer for the L.A. The county department of public health said:
“The investigation is still in its early stages, so we don’t have any more information at this time. As soon as we have more information, we will share it while keeping it private and secret.”
The agency did not say anything else about the person who had died. It’s also not clear if the person who died was hospitalised or got medical care after being diagnosed with monkeypox.
“This is one of two deaths in the United States that are being looked into to see if monkeypox played a role in the death,” Dr Singhal said.
On August 30, Harris County, Texas, reported the first monkeypox-related death in the U.S.
Monkeypox In LA So Far
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More than 1,800 people in L.A. have been found to have monkeypox. County. The outbreak has mostly affected men who have sex with other men, especially those who have more than one sex partner.
Health officials also said that more people will be able to get the free monkeypox vaccine. “People who are at risk for future exposures” can now get the vaccine, Dr Singhal said.
L.A. County residents who self attest to being in the following groups may get the vaccine:
- Gay or bisexual men, or any men or transgender people who have sex with men or transgender people.
- Persons of any gender or sexual orientation who engage in commercial or transactional sex.
- Persons living with HIV, especially persons with uncontrolled or advanced HIV disease.
- Persons who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with someone with suspected or confirmed monkeypox, including those who have not yet been confirmed by Public Health.
Other symptoms of monkeypox can include
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches and backache
- Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
You may experience all or only a few symptoms
- Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
- Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
- Others only experience a rash.
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