September 30, 2022 – Ohio health officials reported the death of a monkeypox patient, making it the third known death of a US patient with monkeypox to CNN.
The Ohio Department of Health announced on Friday that an adult man had died with monkeypox. He also had “other health issues,” CNN reported, but no further details were released.
On Thursday, the CDC issued a new warning Healthcare providers about serious illnesses in people with monkeypox, particularly those with compromised immune systems due to HIV or other conditions.
“During the current outbreak in the United States, 38 percent of people diagnosed with monkeypox were infected with HIV, and most reported cases of monkeypox with severe manifestations were in people living with untreated HIV,” the CDC wrote.
The CDC said some people in the US had “serious manifestations” of the monkeypox virus, including prolonged hospitalization and “significant” health problems. Some of the serious problems were:
The CDC found that most people diagnosed with monkeypox had mild or moderate illness, although severe cases can affect anyone. The health alert urged health care providers to be aware of risk factors for severe monkeypox and said anyone with suspected or confirmed monkeypox should be tested for HIV.
Doctors should also check if someone has a weak immune system from another chronic condition or immune-related medication, the CDC said. Before treatment for monkeypox, patients with weakened immune systems should stop taking other medications that may affect their immune system. HIV-infected people should receive antiretroviral therapy.
The first death in the United States from monkeypox was confirmed earlier this month in Los Angeles County, California, CNN reported. Health officials said the person had a severely compromised immune system and was hospitalized.
In August, a person in Texas died after contracting monkeypox. 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 latest CDC data.
More than 25,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the US, show CDC data. Case numbers appear to be falling, CNN reported, which health officials have attributed to increasing numbers of people being vaccinated against the virus.
Earlier this week, the CDC extended eligibility for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to high-risk individuals who have not been previously exposed to the virus to Reuters. The CDC said that high-risk individuals — such as men who have sex with men or are living with HIV — are 14 times more likely to become infected if they are unvaccinated compared to those who have been at least two weeks after their first vaccination were dose.