Cleveland has first death from monkeypox, health officials say

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — A Cleveland man who tested positive for the monkeypox virus has died, Cleveland health officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The man, whose name has not been released, is Cleveland’s first death related to the virus.

Cleveland health officials added that the victim also had other health problems and was hospitalized at the time of his death.

“We are devastated by this news and every untimely death in our community. We are grateful to all of our partners who have participated in the vaccination effort to help reduce the burden of infectious disease in Cleveland,” said Dr. David Margolius, director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

Ohio has had 370 cases of monkeypox; including 154 in Cuyahoga County. Of the 154 cases, 91 people are from the city of Cleveland.

In Cuyahoga County, health officials have given 2,611 people at least their first dose of the vaccine.

Monkeypox is spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, contact with contaminated clothing or linen, or contact with respiratory secretions from an infected person, health officials said.

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