June 8, 2023

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More than 15,000 cases of monkeypox in Europe and two deaths

More than 15,000 cases of monkeypox in Europe and two deaths

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So far, a total of 15,624 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 32 different countries in Europe. Two patients died. This was stated in a joint report of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

source: BELGA

According to the report, 482 people in our country have already been infected with the virus. The most affected European countries are Spain (4,577 cases), the United Kingdom and Germany (both 2,724 cases).

Almost all reported cases have been confirmed by laboratory tests (15,524 out of 15,624 cases).

About 41 percent of patients are between 31 and 40 years old. It mainly concerns men (99.1 per cent).

Almost all patients (95 percent) have a rash. Also, 65 percent had to contend with symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and chills or headaches.

Only a small percentage of patients, 399 cases or 5.6 percent, are hospitalized. Three of them were admitted to the intensive care unit, but for another reason it was caused by the monkeypox virus. The other two cases admitted to intensive care are said to have died of monkeypox. The World Health Organization reported earlier that two people had died of monkeypox in Spain.

Some of the patients (41) were health professionals, but they were not said to have been occupationally exposed to the virus.

The World Health Organization activated its highest alert level, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), on July 24 to intensify the fight against monkeypox, also known as monkeypox. The organization expects an increase in the number of deaths.

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