The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced two deaths of Chicago residents caused by this year’s Monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak.
Both individuals had multiple other health conditions, including weakened immune systems, and received a MPV diagnosis more than six weeks ago, and both had been hospitalized. The deaths of the two adults are unrelated to each other.
“Though the number of new MPV cases has declined substantially since summer, this is a stark reminder that MPV is dangerous and can cause serious illness, and in very rare cases, even death”, CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. said.
“The vast majority of people with MPV who died have had other health conditions along with MPV causing severely weakened immune systems,” said Dr. Arwady. “Please continue to take it seriously. If you’re at risk of MPV infection, take prevention steps and get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones. These measures are especially important if you have comorbidities and/or a weakened immune system.”
CDPH encourages individuals who meet the eligibility criteria to get two doses of the MPV vaccine 28 days apart. And even after getting vaccinated, CDPH recommends still taking precautions, especially if you are at high risk for severe illness from monkeypox. MPV spreads through close, intimate contact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 27,884 total monkeypox cases in the US, including five deaths.
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