MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first monkeypox death in Europe was confirmed in Spain on Friday, Spanish media reported citing the national health ministry.
With one death from the viral illness in Brazil, this brings the number of fatal cases worldwide to seven. Previously, five deaths had been reported in Africa.
Cadena SER radio station said 4,298 people in Spain had contracted the disease, endemic to Africa, since the outbreak reached Europe in the spring. More than 4,000 of them are men.
Monkeypox is a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms are similar to those of smallpox but less severe. The outbreak of the disease began in May, and since then the virus has been found in 78 countries, according to the WHO. More than 70% of the cases were reported in the European region and 25% in the Americas region, the organization added.