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Monkeypox Is Suspected in Texas Death, Possibly the First in US

  • Autopsy underway to determine what role monkeypox had in death
  • Adult was ‘severely immunocompromised,’ Texas officials say
A health worker handles a vial of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine.

A health worker handles a vial of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine.

Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

Texas health officials are seeking to determine if monkeypox led to the death of an adult in Harris County -- the first such fatality in the US if it’s confirmed.

“At this time, the patient’s cause of death is unknown,” county officials said in a statement. “Harris County Public Health is collaborating with partners to determine what role, if any, monkeypox may have played in this person’s death.”