(BBC) The first cases of monkeypox deaths have been recorded in Brazil and Spain.
The virus killed a 41-year-old man in Brazil, making him the first victim outside of Africa. Soon later, Spain declared its first death, which is also the first in all of Europe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of monkeypox a global health emergency last week.
However, infections are typically minor, and there is little risk to the general public.
The victim in Brazil had lymphoma, a compromised immune system, and “comorbidities worsened his situation,” according to the country’s health ministry.
1,066 confirmed cases and 513 probable cases of the virus have been recorded in Brazil thus far. More than 98 percent of confirmed cases, according to data from Brazil’s health ministry, involved guys who had sex with other men.
The first death caused by the virus in Europe was confirmed shortly after by Spain’s health ministry.
One person had died and 120 people, or 3.2%, of the 3,750 monkeypox patients with information, were hospitalized, according to a report. It didn’t provide any more details on the victim.
There are 21,148 cases worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but it is considerably less dangerous and there is little possibility of contracting it, according to specialists.
It typically occurs in isolated regions of central and west African nations, close to tropical rainforests.
Health officials advise giving vaccines to those most at risk of contracting the virus, such as some gay and bisexual men and some healthcare workers.
The WHO’s director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated last week that designating the epidemic a global health emergency would hasten the creation of vaccinations and the adoption of countermeasures to the virus’s spread.
According to Dr. Tedros, the danger of monkeypox is low overall but high in the EU.
Nevertheless, he continued, “this outbreak may be controlled with the appropriate approaches in the right populations.” The WHO is making recommendations in the hopes that they will encourage nations to take steps to halt the virus’s spread and safeguard those who are most vulnerable.