Monkeypox was found to be a contributing factor in the October death of a New Jersey resident with a history of underlying medical conditions, the New Jersey Department of Health announced today.
According to New Jersey Health officials, this is the first reported death in the state tied to monkeypox.
Health officials say, the individual, a Northern New Jersey resident, was confirmed to have had monkeypox in mid-September.
No additional details are available due to privacy concerns.
According to officials, cases of monkeypox have been declining over the past weeks in the state.
Officials say, however, it is essential to note that the disease is still circulating and, in some cases, may cause severe illness or death.
Those at risk of severe disease include people with weakened immune systems, children, especially those under eight years old, pregnant or nursing people, and individuals with certain conditions that affect skin integrity.
According to Health officials, while risk has remained low for the general public, it is important for individuals who may be most at risk to get vaccinated in advance of exposure.
The two-dose monkeypox vaccine can help prevent monkeypox or reduce the severity of the disease.