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Harris County Public Health reported Monday:

An adult with various severe illnesses who was also presumptive positive for monkeypox died on August 28, 2022, at a Harris County hospital.

At this time, the patient’s cause of death is unknown. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is collaborating with partners to determine what role, if any, monkeypox may have played in this person’s death. An autopsy is in process, and the final report will be available in the next few weeks.

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“We are sharing this information to err on the side of transparency and to avoid potential misinformation about this case,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “The best way for us to fight this virus is through vaccines. Our goal is still to get as many people who qualify vaccinated as quickly as possible – I have always felt that vaccines are the key to reducing spread.”