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Los Angeles resident who was severely immunocompromised died of monkeypox after being hospitalized, local officials Told Monday, marking the first confirmed death due to the disease, although deaths remain rare and cases continue to decline in the US.

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The news follows the death of another patient in Texas who was severely immunocompromised and diagnosed with monkeypox, though officials said the patient had multiple illnesses and a cause of death has yet to be determined.

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The Los Angeles case comes as new monkeypox infections began to slow in the city, with only 32 new cases reported in the week ending September 10, compared to 141 a week earlier. according For the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

Other cities with major outbreaks have also reported declines in new cases, including New York City And San FranciscoDue to the increased availability of vaccines and changes in behavior of men who have sex with men, who have been disproportionately affected by the outbreak.

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many universities informed of Cases of monkeypox have been reported since students returned to campus. Some colleges have emphasized that the risk posed by monkeypox is different from that of Covid-19, as monkeypox is only spread through close contact with an infected person or contaminated material. Schools are taking several steps for preparation, he said Forbes Last month, that included coordinating with local and federal health officials and providing training for student healthcare workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Some 18 deaths have been reported in the ongoing monkeypox outbreak, including eight countries that have not historically experienced outbreaks, according to CDC. At least ten deaths have also been reported this year in Africa, where the virus is endemic in some regions, although smaller outbreaks across the continent have not received much international attention in the past. In recent years the mortality rate for monkeypox is between 3% and 6%, according to the World Health Organization, and symptoms usually resolve after two to four weeks. The US is also trying to increase the availability of the antiviral Tpoxx to help treat the disease. Both the US and WHO have declared monkeypox a public health emergency to help streamline resources, while the US has approved a new vaccination strategy to increase the supply of the Genoese vaccine, the only shot that has been specifically designed to treat monkeypox. It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to protect against monkeypox. , With more vaccines becoming available in the US and Europe, the initial epicenter of the outbreak, cases of monkeypox have begun to decline globally in recent weeks, although dozens of low-income countries are also experiencing outbreaks. who are struggling to access an adequate supply of vaccines, according To new York Times,

Monkeypox: Here’s how colleges are preparing for a potential outbreak as students return (Forbes)

Monkeypox infections reported by colleges raise campus spread concerns (bloomberg)

First US death due to monkeypox confirmed in Los Angeles County (CNN)