Hours before the death of a Spanish patient was announced, a death from the virus was reported in Brazil . Thus, it is not only in Africa that people die from monkeypox now.
On Friday, the Spanish Ministry of Health reported the first death in the country and in Europe from monkeypox, reports Reuters. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health declined to provide details about the deceased. Spain's latest report says 4,298 cases have been confirmed and 120 people have been hospitalized.
A few hours earlier, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported the first death from monkeypox outside the African continent. The victim was a 41-year-old man who suffered from lymphoma, which weakened his immune system.
“Comorbidities exacerbated his condition,” the Ministry of Health said, adding that the patient died of septic shock after being taken to the intensive care unit.
Brazil, along with the United States and Canada, is included in number of countries most affected by monkeypox in the Americas. More than 5,000 cases have been reported in the region, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
The first deaths outside of Africa came just days after the rapidly spreading outbreak was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Until 29 July, WHO had only five confirmed deaths from monkeypox.
Cases of virus infection are increasingly being recorded in countries neighboring Ukraine. On July 12, it became known that a young resident of St. Petersburg, who had returned home from a trip to Europe, fell ill with monkeypox. The young man went to the hospital with a characteristic rash.
On June 10, the head of the Ministry of Health of Poland, Adam Nedzelsky, announced that Polish doctors had diagnosed monkeypox in a patient for the first time.
Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Igor Kuzin I am sure that the virus will sooner or later enter Ukraine, but an outbreak of this disease is unlikely.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has published a leaflet on the monkeypox virus, which tells how the virus is transmitted and how the infection is diagnosed.