Second death of a patient infected with monkeypox in Spain

Second death of a patient infected with monkeypox in Spain


A second person with monkeypox has died in Spain, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday, the day after the announcement of the first death in the country of a person infected with this virus . 

“Among the 3,750 patients (…), 120 cases were hospitalized and two died,” said the Ministry's Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies in its latest report published on Saturday, without specifying the date of this second. death.

The ministry explained that they were “two young men” suffering from “monkey pox” and that studies were underway to obtain more “epidemiological information” on these two cases.

These are the first deaths in Europe of people infected with monkeypox. On Friday, Brazil announced one death, without it being known each time whether the virus was indeed the cause of these deaths.

A total of seven deaths have been recorded worldwide since May, with the first five reported in Africa, where the disease is endemic and was first detected in humans in 1970.

In Spain, one of the countries with the most cases in the world, 4,298 people have been infected according to the latest data from the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies.

Most of the contamination is concentrated in Europe, where 70% of the 18,000 cases detected since the beginning of May are located and 25% in the Americas, according to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In most cases, the patients are men who have sex with men, relatively young, and mainly live in towns.

The first symptoms are high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a skin rash similar to that of chickenpox.

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

For now, the WHO stresses that it There are no vaccines for everyone and therefore recommends prioritizing those most at risk, those who are ill and those caring for them or doing research.

The vaccination is carried out with two doses, spaced at least 28 days apart. For people vaccinated against smallpox in childhood, one dose is enough. For the immunocompromised a third dose is recommended.