Spain records second death from monkeypox

Barcelona, ​​Spain — On Saturday, Spain reported its second death in two days from monkeypox. This is believed to be the first confirmed death from the disease in Europe since it recently spread outside Africa.

The Madrid-based ministry said the dead were two young men. It reported its first death on Friday, the same day that Brazil reported its first monkeypox death.

A global outbreak of monkeypox has seen more than 22,000 cases in nearly 80 countries since May. There have been 75 suspected deaths in Africa, mostly in Nigeria and Congo, where a more deadly form of monkeypox is spreading than in the West.

In the United States and Europe, the vast majority of monkeypox infections have occurred in men who have sex with men, although health officials have emphasized that anyone can contract the virus.

The deaths outside Africa come a week after the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

“Notification of deaths from monkeypox does not change our assessment of the outbreak in Europe. We know that although the disease is self-limiting in most cases, monkeypox can cause monkeypox,” said Catherine Smallwood, WHO’s Senior Emergency Officer in Europe. Serious complications.

As monkeypox continues to spread in Europe, expect to see more deaths. Our goal, she said, should be to quickly stop transmission in Europe and stop the outbreak.

On Friday, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced that 4,298 people had contracted the virus, making it the leading European country in cases of monkeypox. Of that total, there were about 3,500 cases of men who had sex with other men. And it was only 64 women.

The ministry said 120 needed hospital care.

About 8% of monkeypox cases in Europe require hospitalization, Smallwood said.

Monkeypox has been endemic in parts of Africa for decades. Its jump to Europe and North America has been linked by experts with two raves in Belgium and Spain.

Spanish health authorities administer 5,300 vaccines that Spain received from the European Union’s joint vaccine purchase scheme. Health workers say this is far less than the number needed to cover high-risk groups.

But the rush to buy limited vaccines by wealthier Western nations puts Africa at risk of exclusion.

Monkeypox is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact, but it can also be transmitted through bed sheets used by someone with monkeypox. Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and urticaria. The disease was relatively mild in many of the men. But people can be contagious for weeks, and the lesions can be very painful.


AP medical writer Maria Cheng contributed to this report from London.

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