First death from monkeypox in Spain

A man with monkeypox. / EFE

Health reports of 4,498 confirmed cases of the disease, mainly in Madrid and Catalonia

Daniel Roldan

Monkeypox claims its first death in Spain. This is one of 120 patients who have had to be hospitalized due to the effects of the disease, according to data compiled by the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (Renave) under the Ministry of Health. Health authorities from different autonomous communities have reported 4,298 cases of this disease, mostly in the Community of Madrid and Catalonia. There were 1,645 more patients than ten days ago.

Most of these patients (4081) were male and the age of the patients ranged from ten months to 88 years, with a mean age of 37 years. Regarding symptoms, Health highlighted that six out of ten patients showed anogenital rash and fever was a common characteristic in more than 56% of cases analyzed. Regarding the mechanism of transmission, Health said, of the 3,458 cases they were men who had homosexual relationships.

Across Europe, 10,059 confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported this Friday, with Germany (2,540), United Kingdom (2,367), France (1,837), Netherlands (878) and Portugal (633) the most affected countries in addition. from Spain. Most cases are young men with a history of relationships in risky sexual contexts. In the world, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 21,148 confirmed cases in 78 countries.

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