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Spain and Brazil report first monkeypox-related deaths outside of Africa

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Spain and Brazil on Friday reported their first monkeypox-related deaths, believed to be the first deaths linked to the current outbreak outside of Africa.

Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world, with 4,298 people infected with the virus there, according to the Health Ministry’s Emergency and Alert Coordination Center.

“Of the 3,750 (monkeypox) patients with available information, 120 cases were hospitalized (3.2 percent) and one case died,” the center said in a report.

An official declined to give the exact cause of death for the death pending the result of an autopsy.

A 41-year-old man has died of monkeypox in Brazil, local authorities said on Friday.

The man, who local media said had serious immune system problems, died Thursday in Belo Horizonte, capital of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

He “is receiving hospital treatment for other serious medical conditions,” the state Health Department said in a statement.

“It is important to emphasize that he had serious comorbidities so as not to spread panic among the population. The mortality rate from monkeypox is very low,” said Minas Gerais Minister of Health Fabio Baccheretti, adding that the patient was suffering from cancer treatment.

– A Global Health Emergency –

Brazil’s Health Ministry has recorded nearly 1,000 cases of monkeypox, mainly in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, also in the south-east of the country.

Early signs of the disease include a high fever, swollen lymph glands, and a chickenpox-like rash.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of monkeypox a global health emergency last Saturday.

According to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases outside of Africa have been detected worldwide since the beginning of May.

The disease has been detected in 78 countries, with 70 percent of cases found in Europe and 25 percent in the Americas, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

As cases rise worldwide, the WHO on Wednesday urged the group currently most affected by the virus – men who have sex with men – to limit their sex partners.

Ghebreyesus told reporters that the best way to protect yourself from infection is to “reduce the risk of exposure.”

“Right now, for men who have sex with men, this includes reducing the number of sexual partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and sharing contact information with new partners to enable follow-up if necessary,” he said.

The disease usually heals on its own in two to three weeks, sometimes it takes a month.

A smallpox vaccine from the Danish drug manufacturer Bavarian Nordic, which is sold under the name Jynneos in the USA and under the name Imvanex in Europe, has also been shown to protect against monkeypox.

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