The country of Brazil has reported on Friday the first case of monkeypox related death outside the African continent during the current outbreak. The victim was an elderly man aged 41 who in the words of the Health Ministry, was suffering from lymphoma as well as an impaired immune system.
“The comorbidities aggravated his condition,” the ministry stated that the patient was admitted to the city in the south-east of Belo Horizonte and died from shock due to septic after being transferred to the hospital’s intensive treatment unit.
The first death from monkeypox in the Americas occurred just a few days following that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak that was rapidly spreading an emergency in the global health system with the highest level of alert. read more
The WHO has reported only five confirmed cases of monkeypox All of them in Africa.
Brazil together with Canada, as well as the United States and Canada, is among the countries that are most affected by the virus monkeypox across the Americas with more than 500 incidents have been documented so far as per the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
PAHO stated at a press conference this week that nearly all cases were reported to be among those who have had sexual relations with males between the ages of 25 to 45. The agency also they warned that anyone can contract the disease, regardless of gender or sexual preference.