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Los Angeles County is investigating the death of a person who was infected with monkeypox virus.
At a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Rita Singhal, chief medical officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the death was one of two deaths in the United States currently making the investigated to determine if monkeypox was a contributing cause of death.
“We are currently investigating the death of a person with monkeypox in Los Angeles County. We are at the beginning of the investigation and have no additional details available at this time,” she told reporters. journalists.
Worldwide, there have been seven confirmed deaths among monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries.
In California county, number of new weekly cases registered in August remained stable, although the data was incomplete due to a delay in reporting.
“The plateauing of weekly new cases and increasing doubling time continue to support that monkeypox virus transmission is slowing in LA County,” Singhal said.
The ministry also announced that it had expanded monkeypox vaccine eligibility to include residents who may be at future risk of exposure, in addition to those at current risk of exposure.
Also eligible are now gay or bisexual men or any men or transgender people who have sex with men or transgender people, people of any sex or sexual orientation who engage in commercial or transactional sex, people living with HIV and especially those with an uncontrolled disease. or with advanced HIV disease and people who have had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with someone suspected or confirmed of monkeypox.
The first reported death of a person in the United States who was diagnosed with monkeypox occurred in Texas last month.
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced that a Harris County adult who was “severely immunocompromised” and diagnosed with monkeypox has died.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 21,894 reported cases in the United States, but no deaths.
In Los Angeles County, there were 1,836 cases as of Friday morning.