Spain confirms first European death from monkeypox

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Spain reported the first monkeypox– a related death on Friday, believed to be the first death from the disease in Europe and only the second death outside of Africa in the current outbreak.

Earlier Friday, Brazil reported the first monkeypox death outside the African continent in the current wave of the disease.

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According to World Health Organization July 22 report, only five deaths were reported worldwide, all in the African region.

Two samples suspected of having monkeypox are tested in a microbiology laboratory at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain, June 1, 2022.

Two samples suspected of having monkeypox are tested in a microbiology laboratory at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain, June 1, 2022.
(REUTERS/Suzanne Vera)

On Saturday, the WHO declared the rapidly spreading outbreak an epidemic. global health crisisits highest level of readiness.

In its latest report, the Spanish Ministry of Health said there were 4,298 confirmed cases in the country. Of the 3,750 patients he had information about, 120 were hospitalized, representing 3.2%, and one died, without providing further details.

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