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Ohio announces the death of a patient with Monkeypox

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September 30, 2022 – Health officials in Ohio have reported the death of a patient with monkeypox, marking the third known death of a U.S. patient with monkeypox, according to at CNN.

The Ohio Department of Health said Friday that an adult male with monkeypox died. He also had “other health issues,” CNN reported, but no further details were released.

Thursday, the CDC issued a new warning to health care providers about serious illnesses in people with monkeypox, especially those with weakened immune systems due to HIV or other conditions.

“During the current epidemic in the United States, 38% of people diagnosed with monkeypox have been co-infected with HIV and most reported cases of monkeypox with severe manifestations are in people living with untreated HIV,” the CDC wrote.

The CDC said some people in the United States had had “serious manifestations” of the monkeypox virus, including prolonged hospitalizations and “substantial” health problems. Some of the serious issues have included:

  • A persistent rash with tissue dying off or sores growing together, including some that required major surgery or the amputation of a limb on the body
  • Injured tissue or sores in sensitive areas, such as the mouth, urethra, rectum, or vagina, that cause severe pain and interfere with daily activities
  • Intestinal wounds or damaged tissue with significant swelling, sometimes leading to obstruction
  • Damaged tissue or sores that cause scarring with “significant” effects in areas such as the genitals, intestines or face
  • Involvement of multiple organ systems and associated conditions, such as encephalitis, myocarditis, conjunctivitis, and corneal ulcerations

The CDC noted that most people diagnosed with monkeypox have had mild or moderate illness, although severe cases can occur in anyone. The health alert urged health care providers to be aware of the risk factors for severe monkeypox and said anyone suspected or confirmed of monkeypox should be tested for HIV.

Doctors should also check to see if someone has a weakened immune system due to another chronic disease or medication related to the immune system, the CDC said. Before undergoing treatment for monkeypox, patients with weakened immune systems should stop other medications that could affect their immune system. People living with HIV should be on antiretroviral therapy.

The first US death from monkeypox was confirmed earlier this month in Los Angeles County, California, CNN reported. Health officials said the person had a severely weakened immune system and was hospitalized.

In August, a person in Texas died after contracting monkey pox. But health officials have not determined or disclosed whether the virus played a role in the patient’s death, CNN reported.

More than 68,000 cases of monkeypox and 27 deaths have been reported worldwide, according to the latest CDC data.

In the United States, more than 25,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported, CDC data shows. The number of cases appears to be declining, CNN reported, which health officials have attributed to a growing number of people being vaccinated against the virus.

Earlier this week, the CDC expanded eligibility for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to high-risk people who have not yet been exposed to the virus, according to at Reuters. The CDC said people at high risk — such as men who have sex with men or those living with HIV — were 14 times more likely to be infected if they weren’t vaccinated, compared to those who were at least two weeks after their first vaccine. dose.