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Los Angeles County is investigating deaths of people infected with the monkeypox virus.
At a media briefing on Thursday, Dr. Rita Singhal, chief medical officer of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, said that monkeypox is one of two people currently under investigation in the United States to determine if it was caused by the disease. Death.
“We are currently investigating the death of a monkeypox patient in Los Angeles County. The investigation is in the early stages and no additional details are available at this time,” she told reporters.
Seven deaths have been confirmed worldwide in countries where monkeypox is not endemic.
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In California counties, the number of weekly new cases recorded in August was stable, but data were incomplete due to late reporting.
“Both the weekly plateau in new cases and the increase in doubling time confirm that monkeypox virus transmission is slowing in Los Angeles County,” Singhal said.
The agency also announced that it will expand eligibility for monkeypox vaccine to include residents who may be at risk of exposure in the future, in addition to those who are currently at risk.
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Currently eligible persons include gay or bisexual men, all men or transgender people who have sex with men or transgender people, and any gender or sexual orientation who engages in commercial or transactional sex. people with HIV, people living with HIV, especially those who are uncontrolled. or her advanced HIV disease, and anyone who has had skin contact or close contact with a person with suspected or confirmed monkeypox.
The first reported death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States was in Texas last month.
The Texas Department of Health announced that an adult in Harris County who was “severely immunocompromised” and was diagnosed with monkeypox has died.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists 21,894 cases reported in the United States, but no deaths.
Los Angeles County has 1,836 cases as of early Friday morning.