According to health officials, a Texas resident did die of monkeypox, the first presumed death from the disease in the latest outbreak.
The Harris County resident was gravely immunocompromised, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, and was diagnosed with monkeypox.
They stated that the case is being investigated to figure out the role of monkeypox in the death.
This is the first death in an (sic) presumed positive for monkeypox that we are aware of. However, the individual had various severe illnesses and until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Scott Pauley said in a statement to CBS News about the death.
Monkeypox is rarely fatal, according to the CDC. Over 99% of those who get it will most likely survive.
“Monkeypox is a serious disease, particularly for those with weakened immune systems,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS Commissioner. “We continue to urge people to seek treatment if they have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms consistent with the disease.”