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Monkeypox claims its first victims outside of Africa

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Monkeypox is a self-limiting disease in most cases, but it can also be fatal. Countries affected by the ongoing epidemic identify their first deaths, what do we know about them?

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While more than 20,000 cases of smallpox agent
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On the same day, July 30, 2022, the death of two people in Spain and another in Brazil, was announced. August 2, 2022 is India that communicates about the first death from monkeypox on the Asian continent. The death toll outside Africa to date is 4, compared to more than 75 in African countries where the disease is endemic.

The first monkeypox deaths

Little information is available on the profile of the deceased. The Spanish government said the two people who died were young men. In Brazil, the first victim of monkey pox He was 41 years old and suffered from other serious health problems, including immunological problems. In India, the patient appears to have been contaminated in the United Arab Emirates. Upon his return to India, he was hospitalized on July 21 and contracted a fever and pain intense on July 26. He died a few days later.

Anyone can become infected with this virus through close contact with a patient.

As the epidemic progresses, more deaths are expected. The strain that circulates outside Africa is not very lethal, 1% of cases, but it can cause severe forms of the disease. In fact, about 10% of infected people need to be hospitalized. Although most cases of monkeypox occur in men who have sex with men, anyone can become infected with this virus through close contact with a patient.

The WHO urges the international community to implement sanitary measures to restrict the circulation of the virus in this community, and spread them to the most vulnerable people (children, pregnant women and immunocompromised). In France, the vaccination possible for people considered at risk.

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