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A Los Angeles County resident with a severely weakened immune system has died of monkeypox, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health reported (opens in new tab) Monday (Sept. 12). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also assessed the case and confirmed that the death was due to a monkeypox infection, according to the health department. 

“The resident was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized,” the health department statement reads. In general, immunocompromised people face a greater risk of developing severe monkeypox infections than the general public, as do children younger than age 8, people with a history of eczema and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, Live Science previously reported. 

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