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Los Angeles County is investigating the dying of an individual who was contaminated with the monkeypox virus.
In a Thursday media briefing, Dr. Rita Singhal, the chief medical officer for the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being, mentioned that the dying was one in all two within the U.S. which might be at the moment underneath investigation to find out whether or not monkeypox was a contributing reason for dying.
“We’re at the moment investigating a dying of an individual with monkeypox in Los Angeles County. We’re early within the investigation and do not need extra particulars obtainable right now,” she advised reporters.
Internationally, there have been seven confirmed deaths amongst monkeypox circumstances in non-endemic international locations.
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In the California county, weekly new circumstances numbers recorded in August remained regular, though the info was incomplete on account of a lag in reporting.
“Each the plateauing of latest weekly circumstances and the rising doubling time proceed to assist that monkeypox virus transmission is slowing in L.A. County,” Singhal mentioned.
The division additionally introduced that it had expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine to incorporate residents who could also be at future threat for publicity, along with those that have a present threat of publicity.
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Those that are eligible now additionally embrace homosexual or bisexual males or any males or transgender individuals who have intercourse with males or transgender folks, individuals of any gender or sexual orientation who have interaction in industrial or transactional intercourse, particular person dwelling with HIV and particularly these with uncontrolled or superior HIV illness and individuals who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with somebody with suspected or confirmed monkeypox.
The primary reported dying of somebody within the U.S. who had been identified with monkeypox was in Texas final month.
The Texas Division of State Well being Companies introduced that an grownup in Harris County who was “severely immunocompromised” and identified with monkeypox had died.
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The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reveals 21,894 circumstances reported within the U.S., however no deaths.
In Los Angeles County, there are 1,836 circumstances as of early Friday.