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Monkey pox epidemic: first death confirmed in Europe

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Brazil also reported a death linked to the monkeypox outbreak earlier on Friday, the first recorded outside of Africa.

It is a 41-year-old man who also suffered from lymphoma, according to Brazilian authorities, who said that comorbidities had aggravated his case.

The Spanish government did not provide details about the victim.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only five monkeypox-related deaths have been reported worldwide so far, all of them on the African continent, where the disease was first detected in human in 1970.

Monkey pox has therefore caused a total of seven deaths, two of which are linked to the present epidemic.

As of July 29, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified 803 cases of monkeypox in the country, including 359 in Quebec and 367 in Ontario.

The other affected provinces are Yukon (1 case), British Columbia (61 cases), Alberta (13 cases) and Saskatchewan (2 cases).

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Last Saturday, the boss of theWHO decided to issue the highest level of alert in an attempt to contain the outbreak of monkeypox, despite the lack of consensus among its committee of experts.

The qualification public health emergency of international concern is used by the organization in situations serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected. This is only the seventh time that theWHO uses this alert level.

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