Status: 07/29/2022 10:25 p.m.
The first monkeypox-related deaths outside of Africa were reported in Spain and Brazil. Due to the rising number of infections, San Francisco has now declared a state of emergency.
A man has died of monkeypox in Spain. This is the first known death from the disease in Europe. The Madrid Ministry of Health confirmed the death without giving details. The latest monkeypox report also said there were 4,208 confirmed cases in Spain. Among them are 3750 patients for whom more information is available. 120 of them would be treated in clinics.
Also dead in Brazil
Brazil previously reported one monkeypox-related death. This is the first case reported outside of Africa. It is a 41-year-old man who also suffered from lymphoma and a weakened immune system, according to the Ministry of Health. “The comorbidities aggravated his condition,” the ministry said. The patient was hospitalized in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte and died of septic shock after being rushed to intensive care.
Along with the United States and Canada, Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by monkeypox in the Americas, with more than 5,000 cases reported so far, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
At a press conference this week, PAHO said nearly all of the cases were reported by men between the ages of 25 and 45 who have sex with men. At the same time, however, the organization stressed that anyone can contract the disease, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
The disease with monkeypox
Monkeypox is considered a less serious disease than smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. According to the RKI, the incubation period is five to 21 days. Symptoms (including fever and rash, for example) usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death in some people. Monkeypox mainly occurs in West and Central Africa and very rarely spreads to other countries, making the current trend unusual.
Emergency in San Francisco
San Francisco has declared a state of emergency due to rising cases of monkeypox. The Mayor of London Breed’s decision will make more staff and resources available and reduce bureaucratic hurdles in the fight against the disease, according to California city officials. As a result, the state of emergency will come into effect next Monday.
This week, the city closed its main monkeypox vaccination center after running out of vaccine doses. Of the 35,000 cans requested, only 7,800 arrived, he said. The nationwide shortage of monkeypox vaccines means people in the United States who want to be vaccinated have to wait in line for hours before being turned away. After weeks of delay, 800,000 doses of the smallpox vaccine from the German-Danish manufacturer Bavarian Nordic, which has already been approved there against monkeypox, are to be made available soon.
Spread also in Germany
In Germany, the Robert Koch Institute recorded 2,410 cases of monkeypox mid-week. According to the RKI, according to current knowledge, in the vast majority of cases, men who have had sexual contact with other men are ill. Women were only affected in five cases and no cases were reported in children.
German Aidshilfe (DAH) has called for one million doses of monkeypox vaccine. “The objective must be to reduce the number of infections as quickly as possible and to bring the epidemic under control in the long term,” explained Ulf Kristal of the DAH executive board on Friday in Berlin. This is only possible if as many people at risk of infection as possible are vaccinated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently said the rapid spread of the disease could be stopped. This is possible with the right strategies in the right groups. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared a global health emergency on Saturday, the WHO’s highest alert level. Until now, the United Nations (UN) had only classified the corona pandemic and poliomyelitis as international health emergencies.