He is the first monkeypox patient to die in Europe.
The Spanish Ministry of Health announced on Friday the death of a person with monkeypox, considered the first death ever recorded in Europe of a patient infected with this disease.
In Spain, one of the countries with the most cases in the world, 4,298 people have been infected and one has died, the ministry’s Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies said in its report. of Friday, without specifying either the cause or the date of this death.
Shortly before, Brazil had reported the death on its soil of a 41-year-old man carrying monkeypox, the first death linked to this disease outside Africa and the sixth in the world.
The highest level of alert triggered
On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the highest level of alert, the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), to step up the fight against monkeypox.
According to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases have been detected worldwide since the beginning of May, outside endemic areas in Africa.
The disease has been reported in 78 countries, 70% of cases are concentrated in Europe and 25% in the Americas, said Wednesday the director of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Its early symptoms include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a chickenpox-like rash.