Spain has reported the first confirmed death from monkeypox in Europe.
Spanish authorities did not immediately release details of the person who died from the virus.
So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported only five confirmed deaths from monkeypox, all in Africa.
It comes as Brazil also reported its first monkeypox-related death today.
The Brazilian victim was a 41-year-old man who also had lymphoma and a weakened immune system, according to the Health Ministry.
“The comorbidities aggravated his condition,” the ministry said, adding the patient was hospitalized in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte and died of septic shock after being rushed to the intensive care unit.
The first monkeypox death in America came less than a week after the WHO declared the rapidly spreading outbreak a global public health emergency, its highest alert level.
Brazil, along with the United States and Canada, is among the hardest-hit monkeypox countries in the Americas, with more than 5,000 cases reported so far, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
PAHO said in a news conference this week that almost all cases had been reported in men having sex with men between the ages of 25 and 45, but warned that anyone could contract the disease regardless of their gender or sexual orientation .
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