Spain reports first two monkeypox deaths

The Spanish Ministry of Health said that as of Saturday, two deaths have already been recorded in the country among patients infected with monkeypox, Reuters specifies.

On Friday, July 29, Spain reported its first death due to monkeypox infection, transmits Reuters. This is the first death from this disease in Europe.

A spokesman for the Spanish Ministry of Health declined to provide details about the identity of the deceased.

Spain has 4,298 confirmed cases, according to the agency’s report. Of the 3,750 patients reported, 120 were hospitalized, representing 3.2% of the total number of cases in the country.

Earlier on Friday, Brazilian authorities also told about the first person who died of monkeypox. The case was the first death outside of Africa in the current wave of the disease.

According to a July 22 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), just five deaths from monkeypox have been reported worldwide, all in the African region.

Last Saturday WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus characterized monkeypox epidemic as a public health emergency, which is the highest level of concern. In Russia, it’s still official declared only about one case of monkeypox.

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