Monkeypox, first deaths in Europe: 2 Spaniards killed by encephalitis

Monkeypox, first deaths in Europe: 2 Spaniards killed by encephalitis

Two Spanish citizens died of monkeypox: they are the first European victims. In total, monkeypox deaths rise to 7 worldwide. But experts reassure: “Lethality rate is confirmed low”

We are the first victims of monkeypox in Europe. These are two Spanish citizens, struck down by an encephalitis associated with the infection. This is what the Iberian press agencies report. After yesterday spread the news of the first death of a man residing in the Valencia region, confirmation of another death arrived today.

Spain is the second country in the world, after the United States, by number of monkeypox cases, with 4,298 confirmed infections, most of which are located between Madrid and Catalonia. Of the 3,750 infected on which information is available, only 120 people were hospitalized, or 3.2% of the total, and only 64 women tested positive for the virus, reports El Mundo.

Monkeypox lethality rate remains low

The death rate of the disease is confirmed to be very low: in addition to the Spanish citizen, the death of a forty-one-year-old from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, who was an immunosuppressed person suffering from lymphoma, and of 5 other people in Africa was confirmed.

José Antonio López Guerrero, professor of microbiology at the Department of Molecular Biology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, explained that monkeypox, declared an international health emergency by the WHO, is not a particularly virulent virus. “That of smallpox was, compromising many organs. This is not particularly dangerous in healthy people. In Africa, where it is endemic, the victims are usually people with other diseases and children,” he added speaking to the newspaper El Pais.

The situation in Europe and the vaccine rush

In Spain, vaccinations against monkeypox are also proceeding. Queues have been registered in major cities for the administration of the dose since last week. “a campaign for safe sex” is needed since most of the infected subjects, according to the WHO, “they are young men with a history of relationships in a risky sexual context”.

As of July 29, a total of 10,059 have been reported in the rest of Europe. After Spain, the country that reported the highest number of cases is Germany (2,540), followed by the United Kingdom (2,367), France (1,837), the Netherlands (878) Portugal (633) and Italy (426)