This death is considered the first ever recorded death in Europe of a patient infected with this disease. The Spanish Ministry of Health announced the death of a person suffering from monkeypox on Friday 29 July.
In Spain, one of the countries with the highest number of cases in the world, 4,298 people have been infected and one has died, the Ministry’s Center for the Coordination of Alerts and Health Emergencies said in a statement, without specifying either the cause or the date of this death.
A 41-year-old man with monkeypox also died in Brazil, the first death from disease outside Africa and the sixth ever, local authorities said Friday. This man “he was followed up in hospital for other serious medical conditions”the health secretariat of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (south-east) said in a statement.
The patient, who according to local media had serious immunity problems, died at the Eduardo de Menezes hospital in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais.
“Mortality [liée à cette maladie] remains very low “
“It is important to underline that he had serious comorbidities, in order not to cause panic in the population. Mortality [liée à cette maladie] remains very low “said the health secretary of Minas Gerais, Fabio Baccheretti, who explained that the patient was being treated for cancer.
According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil has recorded nearly 1,000 cases of monkeypox, most in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, also located in the south-east of the country. The first case was detected on June 10, in a man who had traveled to Europe. Early symptoms of the disease include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a chickenpox-like rash.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its highest level of alert, the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), to step up the fight against monkeypox. According to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been detected worldwide since the beginning of May outside the endemic areas of Africa.
The disease has been reported in 78 countries and 70 percent of cases are concentrated in Europe and 25 percent in the Americas, the organization’s director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. About 10% of cases require hospitalization to try to relieve the pain patients are experiencing.
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