Spain’s health ministry confirms second death from monkeypox virus

Spain’s Health Ministry has confirmed the second death in the country from the monkeypox virus.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the ministry reported the first death from the disease on Friday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is also the second death reported in Europe.

The identities of the victims have not been released. The first victim was a resident of Comunidad Valenciana in eastern Spain and died as a result of encephalitis associated with the infection.

Spain has 4,298 confirmed cases of the virus (64 of which are women), while 120 people need hospital treatment, according to data collected by the National Network of Epidemiological Vigilance (RENAVE).

The data also shows that more than 80 percent of the infections resulted from sexual relations, while 10.5 percent of the cases came through close non-sexual contact.

The average age of a person infected with monkeypox in Spain is 37 years, although cases have been reported in 10-month-old babies and 88-year-olds.

Cases have been reported in all 17 autonomous communities in Spain, but most are from the Comunidad de Madrid (1,656), 1,406 from Catalonia and 498 in the southern region of Andalusia.



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