Spain reported its second monkeypox-related death on Saturday, a day after announcing what is believed to be the first fatality linked to the current outbreak in Europe.
Spain’s health ministry said in a report without giving the date of the second death, “Out of 3,750 patients… 120 have been hospitalized and two have died.”
It said the victims were “two young men”, and studies were underway to gather more “epidemiological information” on both cases.
According to the Health Ministry’s Emergency and Vigilance Coordination Center, 4,298 people have been infected in Spain, making it one of the hardest-hit countries in the world.
The announcement came as Brazil also reported its first monkeypox-related death on Friday, with previous fatalities confined to Africa where the virus is endemic and first detected in 1970.
It is not clear whether any of the three deaths from monkeypox occurred, with Brazilian authorities saying its deceased patient was suffering from other serious conditions.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency, the highest alert level it can sound.
Most of the infections are in Europe, where 70 percent of new cases have been detected since the beginning of May, according to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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