In total, eight deaths have been recorded globally since May, with the first five reported in Africa.
Spain recorded its second death of a monkeypox patient on Saturday, the third outside Africa in days, and scientific authorities continue to question the real causes of these deaths.
It is in the country most affected in the world by the epidemic according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the #x27;Spain, that a second person with monkeypox has died in Europe, the day after the first death was announced in the country.
Among the 3,750 patients, 120 cases were hospitalized and 2 died, the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies said in its latest report released on Saturday.
It is ;These are two young men with smallpox [simian], explained the Ministry of Health, without providing the specific cause of death.
The second death concerns a 31-year-old man who was admitted to the Reina Sophie Hospital in Cordoba, in the south of the country, according to a statement from the Andalusian authorities. However, they say they are awaiting the results of epidemiological information.
The samples taken during the autopsy should make it possible to determine whether the cause of the death is meningoencephalitis or another pathology, they added.
In Spain, health falls under the competence of the regions, so they are the ones who are empowered to communicate this kind of detail. These are the first deaths in Europe of people infected with monkeypox. On Friday, Brazil announced one death. Although the patients were infected with the virus, it is still unknown whether it was the cause of their death.
In total, counting this new announcement from Madrid , eight 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.
With 3,738 cases according to the latest WHO report and the first two deaths recorded in Europe, Spain is the most affected country in the world, ahead of the United States ( 3478). But the Spanish Ministry of Health lists many more: 4,298 cases as of Saturday.
Most contaminations are 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 WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The WHO Regional Office also predicts an increase in the number of deaths linked to monkeypox, even if it stresses that severe complications remain rare and very often the disease progresses. heals on its own, without the need for treatment.
The goal must be to quickly interrupt transmission of the virus in Europe and bring this outbreak to a halt, said Catherine Smallwood, an emergency manager at WHO Europe.
In most cases, the patients are men who have sex with men, relatively young, and mainly live in towns. The first symptoms are a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash similar to chickenpox.
On July 24, the WHO triggered the highest level of alert, the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), to strengthen the fight against monkeypox, also known as monkeypox.< /p>
In Montreal, as of July 27, there were 299 cases of monkeypox, six of which are the subject of hospitalization.
At this time, the WHO stresses that there are no vaccines for everyone and therefore recommends to prioritize those most at risk, those who are ill and those caring for them or doing research.
Vaccination is done 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.