Spain reported the first monkeypox-related death in Europe, and the second outside Africa.
The death was confirmed by the country’s health ministry on Friday. However, they did not provide any further information about the victim.
Brazil reported that the first monkeypox-related death was outside of the African continent. It happened earlier in the week, on Friday.
According to the Spanish health ministry, 4,298 cases were confirmed in the country’s latest report.
It had information on 3,750 patients, and 120 of them were hospitalized – 3.2%. One patient died without further details.
According to Brazil’s health ministry, the victim was a 41 year-old man with a weak immune system and lymphoma.
The ministry stated that the patient’s comorbidities had exacerbated his condition. He was taken to the ICU and then died of septic shock.
The monpox epidemic was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).
At a news conference, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the global risk is “moderate”, but Europe’s is “high”.
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The WHO has declared the outbreak to initiate an international response. This could lead to funding and sharing of vaccines.
Monkeypox can be very difficult to catch. It is most commonly caught from infected wild animals in central Africa’s western region.
It can be passed from one person to another through close physical contact and sexual intercourse.
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From 6 May 2011, the first cases of monkeypox were confirmed in England.
According to the UK Health Security Agency, as of 25 July, there had been 2,367 confirmed cases and 65 highly probable cases of monkeypox in the UK.
These included 59 in Scotland, 18 in Northern Ireland, 30, in Wales, and 2,325 in England.
The virus is most prevalent among gay and bisexual men, 98% of whom are infected.
The WHO advises gay men to limit the number of partners they have with their sexual partners in an effort to slow down its spread.
While most cases have been reported in men who had sex with other men, monkeypox can be contracted by anyone.
The symptoms of the virus include single genital lesion and sores on your mouth or anus. However, the NHS website lists high temperatures, headaches, muscle aches and backache as well as swollen glands and shivering.