“Severely immunocompromised individuals who suspect they have monkeypox are encouraged to seek prompt medical attention and remain under the care of a provider during their illness,” the press release reads.
Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN in an email that “the person’s weakened immune system could not control the virus once it entered the his body, the virus multiplied unchecked and it likely spread to multiple organ systems, causing them to malfunction. »
Deaths from monkeypox are extremely rare and often affect babies, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as HIV. A Harris County, Texas person who had monkeypox died last month, but the role of the virus in that death has not been confirmed.
Trends in monkeypox cases appear to be stabilizing, health officials say, but that shouldn’t lead to complacency.
“We continue to see a downward trend in Europe,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week. “While reported cases in the Americas have also declined over the past week, it is more difficult to draw firm conclusions about the outbreak in this region. Some countries in the Americas continue to report increasing numbers of cases and in some there is likely to be under-reporting due to stigma and discrimination or a lack of information for those who need it most.
“A downtrend can be the most dangerous time if it opens the door to complacency,” he warned.