Spain Confirms Second Monkeypox Related Fatality
The global monkeypox outbreak has impacted many countries, but none as much as Spain. International data sources indicate Spain leads all countries reporting fatalities related to the monkeypox virus (MPXV).
Spain's health ministry reported its second monkeypox-related death on July 30, 2022.
The ministry confirmed both fatalities were young men, reported the AP.
In addition to Spain, Brazil and India have each reported (1) MPXV-related fatality.
"The notification of deaths due to monkeypox does not change our assessment of the outbreak in Europe. Although the disease is self-limiting in most cases, monkeypox can cause severe complications," said Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer at WHO Europe, reported NPR.
"With the continued spread of monkeypox in Europe, we expect more deaths. Our goal is to interrupt transmission quickly in Europe and stop this outbreak."
Madrid was one of the European cities to initially confirm MPXV cases in mid-May 2022.
Worldwide, Spain only trails the USA (5,189) in reported MPXV cases with 4,386.
As of July 31, 2022, Spain endorses at-risk individuals to receive the Jynneos (IMVANEX®) vaccine to prevent MPXV infections.
News reports indicate Spanish health authorities are administering about 5,300 Imvanex vaccines from the recent joint EU purchase.
Earlier in the outbreak, Spain was identified in the U.S. CDC's Level 2 Travel Advisory regarding the MPXV outbreak issued on June 2, 2022.
Additional monkeypox outbreak news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.
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