Spain records deaths from monkeypox; the media say it’s a first

MADRID — Spain announced on Friday the death of a person with monkeypox, which Spanish media said was a first for the European Union nation.

In its latest report on the virus, Spain’s health ministry said 120 people had been admitted to hospital so far with monkeypox and one had died. Spain’s national news agency Efe and other outlets said it was the first death from monkeypox in the country.

The ministry gave no further details regarding the death. He said Spain had 4,298 people infected with the virus. Of these, some 3,500 cases involved men who had sex with other men. Of the total, only 64 were women.

Experts suspect monkeypox outbreaks in Europe and North America were sparked by sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain. The current outbreak is by far the largest involving the virus, and it has been designated by the World Health Organization as a global health emergency.

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