Spain Confirms 2nd Death from Monkeypox

Spain confirmed a second death on Saturday, a day after the first death was reported in the country, deaths that are most likely the first confirmed fatalities from monkeypox in Europe since the virus’ recent spread beyond Africa. 

The Health Ministry of Spain said both fatalities were young men. 

On Friday, the ministry reported almost 4,300 monkeypox cases, the highest cases recorded in Europe, including some 3,500 cases of men who had sex with other men.  

The ministry said 120 individuals needed hospital care.  

The reports of deaths outside Africa came one week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. 

“The notification of deaths due to monkeypox does not change our assessment of the outbreak in Europe. We know, that although the disease is self-limiting in most cases, monkeypox can cause severe complications,” Senior Emergency Officer at WHO Europe Catherine Smallwood said. 

“With the continued spread of monkeypox in Europe, we will expect to see more deaths. Our goal needs to be on interrupting transmission quickly in Europe and stopping this outbreak,” Smallwood added. 

Since May, reports of the global monkeypox outbreak have recorded over 22,000 cases in 80 countries. 

Meanwhile, there were 75 suspected deaths in Africa – mostly in Nigeria and Congo, where the type of monkeypox is said to be more lethal than the monkeypox spreading outside Africa. 

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