In Spain, the first death from monkeypox was registered, local media reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Health on Friday, July 29. This is likely the first known death from the disease in Europe and the second outside of Africa, dpa notes.
An infected person died of smallpox in Valencia, the Spanish Ministry of Health said. A few hours before the publication of the department, the first death in the country from the disease was reported by the Brazilian authorities. The deceased 41-year-old man, according to doctors, had a weakened immune system due to lymphoma. The deaths were the first reported monkeypox deaths outside the African continent, where five people are known to have died from the disease.
Spain is the second country in the world after the United States in terms of the number of reported cases of monkeypox. According to the National Network of Epidemiological Surveillance (Renave), 4,298 cases of the disease have been registered in the country, of which at least 120 people have been hospitalized, according to the Spanish TV channel. rtve.
In 82 percent of cases, patients became infected through sexual contact. The vast majority of cases – more than 4,000 people – are men. At the same time, more than 3,500 of them had same-sex contacts. The average age of those infected is 37 years old, writes rtve with reference to the Spanish Ministry of Health.
WHO declares monkeypox outbreak an international emergency
On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an outbreak of monkeypox a global emergency in the field of public health. By that time, more than 16,000 cases were known in 75 countries. Most infections have been identified in Europe and America. Most often, men who have same-sex sex are infected, scientists from Queen Mary University of London found out.
Researchers emphasized that smallpox is not a sexually transmitted infection in the traditional sense and can be contracted through any close physical contact. “However, our work shows that the majority of transmissions so far have been associated with sexual activity, primarily, but not exclusively, among men who have sex with men,” study leader John Thornhill said.
To combat the spread of the disease, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommended contacting groups where the disease was confirmed, strengthening epidemiological surveillance and public health measures, increasing infection prevention and control in hospitals, and accelerating research into the use of vaccines, therapeutics and other funds.