Texas records first US death from monkeypox

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BREAKING: Texas officials confirms first US monkeypox death – unnamed Harris County resident with ‘various severe illnesses’ dies from to tropical virus

America has recorded its first death in a person diagnosed with monkeypox in Texas, health officials announced Tuesday.

The individual — who has not been named — was being treated in Houston, Harris County, and had ‘various severe illnesses’ besides the virus.

Health officials are yet to confirm whether it was due to monkeypox, and are not releasing further information due to privacy concerns. An autopsy is underway.

If the cause of death is confirmed to be monkeypox, it will be America’s first fatality from the virus in the current outbreak. The outbreak has already spiralled to more than 18,101 cases to date, with a vaccination roll out underway for gay or bisexual men — where more than nine in ten cases are being detected. 

Announcing the fatality, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said: ‘We are sharing this information to err on the side of transparency and to avoid potential misinformation about this case.

‘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 key to reducing spread.’

The county’s public health director Barbie Robinson added: ‘We continue our work to control the monkeypox outbreak in our community and to build a healthier and stronger Harris County.’ 

This is a breaking news story.  

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