New Jersey reports first death linked to monkeypox
Monkeypox was found to be a contributing factor to the October death of a New Jersey resident with a history of underlying medical conditions, New Jersey Department of Health announced Monday. This is the first reported death in New Jersey linked to monkeypox.
The individual, a resident of northern New Jersey, was confirmed to have monkeypox in mid-September.
Cases of monkeypox have decreased over the past weeks in New Jersey. However, it is important to note that the disease is still widespread, and in some cases may cause severe illness or death. People at risk for severe disease are people with weakened immune systems, children especially under the age of 8, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and individuals with certain conditions that affect the integrity of the skin.
While the risks have remained low for the general public, it is important for individuals who may be at higher risk to get vaccinated before exposure. The two-dose monkeypox vaccine can help prevent monkeypox or reduce the severity of the disease. Free vaccines are available at Vaccination sites from community partners across the state. Individuals should continue to take Precautions To further reduce the spread of monkeypox.