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Spain Records Second Death Related to Monkeypox Disease

According to reports, Spain reported its second death related to monkeypox disease on Saturday, July 30, 2022, in what is thought to be the second death in Europe from the disease in the current outbreak of monkeypox disease.

Spain has reported its first death, shortly after Brazil reported the first death related to monkeypox disease outside Africa in the current wave of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report, only five deaths have been reported across Africa, and the WHO has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, its highest level of alert.

In the latest report of WHO, the health ministry of Spain said 4,298 cases had been confirmed in the country, and of the 3,750 patients for whom WHO had information, 120 people had been hospitalized, and two had died, without providing further details.

The first death has occurred in the north-eastern region of Valencia, and the cause was encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain associated with the infection. The monkeypox victim in Brazil was a 41-year-old man, who also suffered from lymphoma, and a weak immune system.

The health ministry said the comorbidities had affected his condition. The health ministry also added that the patient was hospitalized and died from septic shock after being taken to the intensive care.