Spain and Brazil report first monkeypox deaths outside Africa | health news

About 70 percent of the outbreaks that began in May are found in Europe and 25 percent in the Americas.

Spain and Brazil reported one death each from monkeypox in what are believed to be the first deaths linked to the outbreak that began in early May.

Spain is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, with 4,298 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the Health Ministry’s Emergency Coordination and Alert Center.

“Of the 3,750 (monkeypox) patients with available information, 120 (3.2 percent) were hospitalized and one died,” the center said in a report on Friday.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health declined to provide further details about the deceased patient. An autopsy is scheduled.

In Brazil, the patient who died was a 41-year-old man.

The Ministry of Health said he also suffers from lymphoma and a weak immune system.

He was taken to a hospital in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte and died of septic shock after being transferred to the intensive care unit.

“It is important to emphasize that he had serious joint diseases, so as not to spread panic among the population. The mortality rate is very low” for monkeypox, said the Minister of Health of Minas Gerais, Fabio Pacheretti.

A global health emergency

The Brazilian Ministry of Health has recorded nearly 1,000 cases of monkeypox, most of them in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, also located in the southeast of the country. Along with the United States and Canada, it is one of the countries most affected by monkeypox in the Americas.

Early signs of illness include a high temperature, swollen lymph nodes, and a chickenpox-like rash.

The first case in the current outbreak in the UK was confirmed on May 7 and the World Health Organization said hundreds of cases outside Central and West African countries where the virus is endemic suggested it was spreading undetected. sometimes.

About 18,000 cases have been found in 78 countries worldwide, and a week ago, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

About 70 percent of recent cases have been detected in Europe and 25 percent in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Wednesday.

With cases rising globally, the World Health Organization on Wednesday called on the group currently hardest hit by the virus – men who have sex with men – to limit their sexual partners.

The disease usually clears up on its own after two to three weeks, although recovery can sometimes take a month.

A smallpox vaccine from Danish drugmaker Bavaria Nordic, marketed as Jynneos in the United States and Imvanex in Europe, has been found to protect against monkeypox.

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