New York Department of Health reports 2 deaths from monkeypox, changes name of virus to ‘MVP’ – NBC New York
New York City health officials announced two monkey pox-related deaths Friday, the first deaths related to the virus in the five boroughs, although few details on the individuals were immediately available.
According to the CDC, the United States has reported four monkeypox-related deaths since the start of the 2022 outbreak, although the latest data update was on Thursday. The first death was reported in California in September.
New York City officials did not immediately release demographic or other information about the two deceased residents, including whether they had any underlying conditions, but instead offered their condolences in a brief statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the two reported deaths and our hearts go out to the loved ones and community of these individuals. Every effort will be made to prevent further suffering from this virus through continued community engagement, sharing information and vaccination,” said the statement read.
As of October 17, the city had recorded at least 3,695 known cases of the virus. Since peaking in late July, the outbreak of cases in New York City has declined significantly, reaching single-digit daily numbers earlier this month.
To date, more than 143,000 first and second doses of monkeypox vaccine have been administered.
New Yorkers who have received their first doses are strongly advised to receive their second doses 28 days after the first. Walk-in appointments are available.
To find a vaccination point near you, go to https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.
Additionally, the city announced that it would refer to monkeypox as MPV since “the old name is an inaccurate and stigmatizing label for a virus that primarily affects a community that has already suffered from a long history of fanaticism.”
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