CDC spokesperson Scott Pauley believes it is too early to state the role of monkeypox in the death of this patient.
“This is the first death in a presumed positive for monkeypox that we are aware of. However, the individual had various severe illnesses and until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death,” – Scott Pauley, CDC spokesperson
The official autopsy will be available in the next few weeks. Heath officials will then be able to determine what caused this patient to die and whether monkeypox played a role.