Monkeypox claimed the first human life in Europe

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First deaths due to monkeypox recorded in EU and Latin America

Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease of animals and humans, characterized by fever, general intoxication, and exanthema.

Spain has recorded its first death from monkeypox. This is reported by radio station Cadena SER with reference to the Ministry of Health of the country. This case was the first on the European continent. Previously, the death of a patient with the same infectious disease was reported in Brazil. A 41-year-old man, who had previously been diagnosed with cancer, died there. There is no more precise information on the victim in Spain.

The Spanish Ministry of Health noted that 4,298 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the country. Of the 3750 patients, 120 were hospitalized, representing 3.2% of the total number of cases, one person died. The Ministry of Health separately emphasizes that the majority of cases are men. Women make up only a small proportion of those infected.

The day before, WHO noted that the current situation with monkeypox cannot yet be a prerequisite for mass vaccination. At the same time, the organization's specialists noted that people from the risk group should be vaccinated against the disease.

Recall that in the UK, cases of monkeypox infection have been confirmed since May 6 this year. The disease was recorded, including in Poland, Russia.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease of animals and humans, which manifests itself as fever, intoxication of the body and the appearance of exanthema. The pathogen that causes it is genetically close to the variola virus (human smallpox).

The virus can be transmitted through the air, with droplets of saliva that are carried with the patient's breath (as with the flu), or as a result of direct contact with the patient and his environment. The virus enters the human body through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes.

A person can be ill with monkeypox for two to four weeks.

Methods for the prevention of monkeypox:

Wash your hands regularly with soap and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Do not touch wild or stray animals. There is only meat that has undergone a thorough heat treatment.

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