A 22-year-old man infected with monkeypox has died in India, the country’s authorities announced on Monday.
A fourth death outside Africa related to monkeypox was announced on Monday. As AFP reports, Indian authorities said on Monday that a 22-year-old man infected with the monkeypox virus died on July 30. This is the first virus-related death in Asia.
Indian authorities have announced the death of a 22-year-old man infected with monkeypox who recently returned from the UAE in what may be the first fatal case of the disease in Asia #AFP pic.twitter.com/uN04jUh3Ra
– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) 1 August 2022
The man reportedly returned from a stay in the UAE recently after which he was hospitalized. Although his contamination with monkeypox has been confirmed, it is still unclear whether the virus was the cause of death.
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This announcement comes when Spain reported two deaths related to this disease last week. A victim of the virus was also identified in Brazil on Friday.
On 23 July, the WHO (World Health Organization) designated monkeypox as an international health emergency after the further increase in confirmed cases and transmission to more than 75 countries.
Also according to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox virus have been recorded worldwide since the beginning of May outside of Africa, where the virus is endemic. Most of these cases were recorded in Europe.
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