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Indiana reports 1st monkeypox-related death

IDOH made sure to note the person had multiple other health conditions that contributed to the death.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) reports the first confirmed death of a person in Indiana where monkeypox was a contributing factor. 

IDOH made sure to note the person had multiple other health conditions that contributed to the death.

“Although monkeypox cases in Indiana have declined significantly as a result of the availability of vaccine, it is important to remember that this disease is still circulating and can cause severe illness and death,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. 

Since June 17, 264 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Indiana. Most of those were of men between the ages of 18 to 39.

RELATED: CDC: 1 dose of vaccine protects against monkeypox, 2nd dose encouraged

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

The symptoms tend to overlap with those of most viruses. Fevers, headaches, chills, muscle aches, exhaustion and swollen lymph nodes are all symptoms of monkeypox. The true indicator that distinctly separates it from the rest is a pimple-like rash that appears on the face and other parts of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The symptoms of monkeypox are very much like the symptoms of a cold initially," said Dr. Payal Kohli, assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado. "So if you've got fevers, exhaustion, chills, a rash with or without swollen lymph nodes, you have to have a pretty high concern that it could potentially be monkeypox."

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a vaccine that would prevent monkeypox and smallpox in 2019. The Jynneos vaccine is administered in two doses and is recommended for individuals 18 and older that are at high risk for monkeypox. The CDC has a list of current eligibility for the vaccine:

  1. Known contacts who are identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing and risk exposure assessments
  2. Presumed contacts who may meet the following criteria:
    1. Know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox
    2. Had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in a jurisdiction with known monkeypox

RELATED: Lab dedicated to testing monkeypox samples opens in Indianapolis

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