Monkey pox: what we know about two fatal cases in Spain

Monkey pox: what we know about two fatal cases in Spain

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Two people died of monkeypox in Spain. They were the first victims outside of Africa. Analyzes are ongoing to learn more.

Monkeypox killed Europe. For the first time, the disease claims victims outside of Africa with two victims in Spain and a third victim in Brazil. Here’s what we know at this stage about the patients who died.

Who are the victims?

The Spanish victims were two men: a man who died on Friday and a second victim on Saturday. They were “young people” – one of the two was 31 years old – who suffered from “monkey pox”, said the Spanish Ministry of Health.

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What are the causes of death?

The Spanish Ministry of Health did not provide further details on the exact cause of death. The authorities are awaiting the results of the “epidemiological information”. Regarding the 31-year-old victim, samples were taken to determine if the cause of death was “meningoencephalitis” or another pathology.

Was Spain badly affected by monkeypox?

Spain now has 4,298 monkeypox patients, according to Spanish authorities. 120 people were hospitalized across the country. It is the most affected country in the world after the United States.

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How many cases of monkeypox are fatal?

Monkeypox has killed eight people worldwide since May 2022. The first five cases were in Africa. In the African continent, where the disease is endemic, monkeypox was first noticed by humans in 1970.

What are the symptoms?

Monkeypox results in a high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes that look like chickenpox. Most of the patients are men who have sex with other men, relatively young and urban. Serious complications are rare. Usually, monkeypox heals on its own, without special treatment. There is a vaccine for those most at risk. Two doses are required with an interval of at least 28 days.

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