Spain reported its second death from monkey pox on Saturday, a day after announcing what is believed to be the first fatality linked to the current outbreak in Europe.
“Out of 3,750 patients…120 have been hospitalized and two have died,” Spain’s health ministry said in a report, without specifying the date of the second death.
It said the victims were “two young men” and studies were underway to gather more “epidemiological information” on both cases.
According to the Ministry of Health’s Emergency and Alerts Coordination Center, 4,298 people have been infected in Spain, making it one of the world’s worst affected countries.
The announcement came after Brazil also reported its first monkeypox-related death on Friday, with previous fatalities confined to Africa, where the virus is endemic and was first discovered in 1970.
It is unclear whether monkey pox caused any of the three deaths, with Brazilian authorities saying the dead patient suffered from other serious conditions.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency, the highest level of alarm it can sound.
Most infections are in Europe, where 70 percent of new cases have been detected since early May, according to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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