Thursday, August 18

Confirmed the first death in Spain from monkeypox

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the first death in Spain from monkeypox, an infection of which, as of this Friday, a total of 4,298 confirmed cases have been reported in our country, according to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE) . The case was registered in the Valencian Community, as specified by the Health Department, and was caused by encephalitis associated with the infection.

Of the 3,750 infected for whom information is available, one hundred and twenty were hospitalized (3.2%) and one died, becoming the first fatality in Spain from this disease, before which the WHO has declared an international health emergency.

The Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies has released this Friday the latest data collected on people infected in our country with monkeypox.

Specifically, of the total confirmed cases, more than 4,000 were men and only 64 women, and the age ranges between 10 months and 88 years, with an average age of 37 years.

According to these data, 3,458 were men who have sex with men (of the 4,148 patients for whom this type of information is available). Information is also available on the most likely transmission mechanism in 2,253 cases, 82.1% being through close contact in the context of a sexual relationship and 10.5% through close non-sexual contact.

In relation to attendance at mass events, of the 3,137 cases with information on this variable, 560 attended an event on the dates prior to the onset of symptoms.

The notified cases come from 17 Autonomous Communities: Madrid 1,656, Catalonia 1,406 (1,256 cases are included in the SiViES notification platform), Andalusia 498, Valencian Community 213, Canary Islands 102, Basque Country 98, Balearic Islands 89, Aragon 45 and Galicia 37. They are followed by Asturias 36, Castilla y León 31, Castilla-La Mancha 23, Extremadura 20, Murcia 19 and Cantabria 15, Navarra 8 and La Rioja 2.

First deceased in Brazil and measures in the US

Brazilian authorities today confirmed the first death recorded in the country from monkeypox. The victim was a 41-year-old man with low immunity, who was suffering from cancer when he was diagnosed with the disease. The subject resided in the city of Uberlandia, in the state of Minas Gerais, where, according to official data, 44 of the 1,066 confirmed cases have been registered throughout the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the government will make more than a million doses of the vaccine against this disease available to the states in the coming days, after the US Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday an additional shipment of almost 800,000 doses.



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