Spain reports first monkeypox-related death in Europe

July 30, 2022 - 1:17 PM
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An electron microscopic (EM) image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virus particles as well as crescents and spherical particles of immature virions, obtained from a clinical human skin sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery/CDC/Handout via Reuters)

 Spain reported its first monkeypox-related death on Friday, in what is thought to be Europe’s first death from the disease and only the second outside of Africa in the current outbreak.

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 Organization 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 hospitalized – accounting for 3.2% – and one had died, without providing further details.

A spokesperson for the Health Ministry declined to give further details on the deceased person.

—Reporting by Joan Faus; Editing by Chris Reese and Hugh Lawson