First death in Peru of a patient infected with monkeypox

First death in Peru of a patient infected with smallpox of the monkey


An HIV-positive patient who dropped out of HIV treatment and was infected with monkeypox died Monday in Peru where more than 300 cases have been reported, a health official said.< /strong> 

The 45-year-old man “arrived at the hospital in very serious condition with monkeypox. His health had weakened after he abandoned his HIV treatment,” Dos de Mayo National Hospital director Eduardo Farfan told local radio.

“He is not dead. from monkeypox, but from sepsis” caused by a weakened immune system, added the director of the hospital located in Lima. “The problem is that this was a patient with other morbidities,” which made him more vulnerable “and he decompensated,” Farfan said.

Admitted “highly infected” with the virus on Wednesday, “the germs that invaded his skin compressed his lungs”, explained the director of the hospital.

Spain has announced two cases of death linked to monkeypox, the first in Europe. One was reported in Brazil and another in India.

However, it is unclear whether monkeypox was the cause of these four deaths. Autopsies are still underway in Spain. In Brazil, authorities say the deceased patient had other serious conditions.

WHO issued the highest level of alert on July 24, the Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( USPPI), to strengthen the fight against monkeypox, also called simian orthopoxvirus.