October 21, 2022
Chase Cook, Acting Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-8649
Maryland Department of Health announces human monkeypox-related death
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed and reported the death of a Maryland resident in which human monkeypox (MPX) was a contributing factor. The individual was immunocompromised, resulting in a more severe case. MDH will not be providing additional information to protect patient confidentiality.
“Human monkeypox is still circulating and can cause severe illness and death,” said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan. “If you are eligible, such as being immunocompromised or at-risk, the best way to protect yourself against serious illness from MPX is by getting vaccinated.”
MPX is a rare but serious illness caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which can infect humans and other animals. Most people who get MPX recover without any serious complications or the need for medical treatment.
People living with a condition that weakens the immune system, such as advanced or untreated HIV, AIDS, certain cancers, an organ transplant, or another immune deficiency disorder, may be more likely to have serious complications or need treatment. Getting vaccinated can protect against getting MPX or can reduce the severity of illness if you do get MPX.
MDH encourages all Maryland residents to follow the recommended prevention steps and to get vaccinated if exposed to MPX or are at higher risk of being exposed.
MPX vaccine is free and available throughout the state. People can register for an appointment using the Maryland Statewide Human Monkeypox (MPX) Vaccination Pre-Registration System.
Anyone who has MPX symptoms should contact their health care provider. People without a provider or insurance should contact their local health department.
Additional information is available on MDH’s website: health.maryland.gov/monkeypox.
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