State Department Of Health Reports First Human Monkeypox-Related Death In Maryland.

The individual was immuno-compromised.

Baltimore, Md (KM) The first monkeypox-related death has been reported in Maryland. The State Department of Health says it has confirmed the death of a resident where human monkeypox was a contributing factor. The individual is described as immuno-compromised which resulted in a more severe case. No other information on this person’s identity is being released.

“Human monkeypox is still circulating and case cause severe illness and death,” says Deputy Health Secretary for Public Health Services, Dr. Jinlene Chan,¬† in a statement. “If you are eligible, such as being immuno-compromised or at-risk, the best tray to protect yourself against serious illness from MPX is by getting vaccinated.”

The Health Department says monkeypox is a rare but serious illness. Most people who contract it often recover without any complications or the need for medical treatments. But those with weakened immune systems, such as advanced or untreated AIDS, certain cancers, an organ transplant, or another immune deficiency disorder, could develop serious complications or need treatments.. They’re urged to get vaccinated against monkeypox; .and if they develop any symptoms of the disease, to contact their health provider.

The monkeypox vaccine is free and available throughout  Maryland. People can register for an appointment. For more information, go on line to health.maryland.gov?monkeypox.

By Kevin McManus