The Ministry of Health confirmed this on Friday the first death by monkeypox in Spain. The news comes just days after the WHO declared this monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
Currently there is 4,298 cases of infected in the country, according to the latest report from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE).
In terms of gender, most are males – 4,081 – and 64 are females. The ages would range from 10 months to 88 years, with a median age of 37 years.
Of these totals, Health reported those of the 3,750 patients with available information, 120 cases were hospitalized (3.2%) and one of them is the deceased.
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“The most likely transmission mechanism is sexual intercourse,” the report specifies, adding that 3,458 out of 4,148 patients with available information “were men who had sex with men” – only 10.5% of those infected were “through close nonsexual contact”.
Of autonomous communities, they are the regions of Madridd, with 1.656, and Catalonia, with 1,406, the regions that top the list of infected. Andalusia (498), the Valencian Community (213), the Canary Islands (102), the Basque Country (98) and the Balearic Islands (89) follow further behind.
The rest appear with fewer than 50 cases: Aragón (45), Galicia (37), Asturias (36), Castilla y León (31), Castilla-La Mancha (23), Extremadura (20), Murcia (19), Cantabria (15), Navarre (8) and La Rioja (2).
More than 18,000 positive cases worldwide
According to the latest data from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA), this outbreak of monkeypox will be over in 2022 18,100 confirmed cases in 75 countries.
The best way to break the chains of transmission of this disease is to vaccinate vulnerable people who may have been exposed to monkeypox, adds Syra Madad, who warns that vaccine distribution in countries like the United States is not enough and calls for: “We must forestall this epidemic”.
98.7% of positives were detected in non-endemic countries (where monkeypox has not historically been detected), such as Spainwhich he placed as the secondly with more cases in the world, already with the updated figure and behind only the United States (3,846).
The best way to break the chain of transmission of this disease is to vaccinate people at risk who may have been exposed to monkeypox, said Syra Madad, director of a special pathogen program in the United States, these days.
The expert warns that vaccine distribution in countries like the United States is not enough and calls for: “We must forestall this epidemic”.