Spain reports two first monkeypox-related deaths in Europe

Spain says 4,298 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS, XINHUA) - Spain reported its first two monkeypox-related deaths on Friday (July 29) and Saturday, in what is thought to be Europe’s first death from the disease.

Brazil reported earlier on Friday the first monkeypox-related death outside the African continent in the current wave of the disease.

According to a World Health Organisation report from July 22, only five deaths had been reported worldwide, all in the African region.

The WHO last Saturday declared the rapidly spreading outbreak a global health emergency, its highest level of alert.

In its latest report, the Spanish Health Ministry said 4,298 cases had been confirmed in the country. Of the 3,750 patients it had information on, it said 120 had been hospitalised – accounting for 3.2 per cent – and one had died, without providing further details.

A spokesman for the Health Ministry declined to give further details on the person who died on Friday.

Xinhua on Saturday quoted the Spanish Ministry of Health as saying the country has logged its second death from the Monkeypox virus, less than 24 hours after the first death.

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