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Monkey pox: a second death in Spain

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It is in the country most affected in the world by the epidemic according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Spain, that a second person suffering from monkeypox died in Europe, and this, in the day after the announcement of the first death in the country.

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It is two young men reached smallpox [simienne]explained the Ministry of Health without providing the precise 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 press release from the Andalusian authorities. However, they say they expect results fromepidemiological information.

Specimens taken during the autopsy should be used to determine whether the cause of death was meningoencephalitis or another pathologythey added.

most affected country in the world

In Spain, health falls under the competence of the regions: they are therefore the ones who are authorized 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 unclear whether it caused their deaths.

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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. human in 1970.

With 3738 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). However, the Spanish Ministry of Health identifies many more: 4298 cases as of Saturday.

Most of the contamination is 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 the director of theWHOTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The Regional Office ofWHO also predicts an increase in the number of deaths related to monkeypox, even if he stresses that serious complications remain rare and that, very often, the disease heals itself, without requiring treatment.

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The goal should be to quickly interrupt the transmission of the virus in Europe and put a stop to this epidemicsaid in a press release Catherine Smallwood, an emergency manager for theWHO Europe.

Not enough vaccines

In most cases, the patients are men who have sex with men, who are relatively young and who live mainly in towns. The first symptoms are a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash similar to chickenpox.

On July 24, theWHO triggered the highest level of alert, the public health emergency of international concern (USPPI), to strengthen the fight against monkeypox, also known as monkeypox virus disease.

One dose of monkeypox vaccine.

In Montreal, as of July 27, there were 299 cases of monkeypox, six of which were hospitalized.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

For now, the WHO stresses that there are not vaccines for everyone and therefore recommends prioritizing those who are most at risk, those who are sick and those who care for them. or doing research.

Vaccination is carried out 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.

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