The authorities of India reported today, August 1, 2022, the first death from monkey pox in the country.

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The Ministry of Health of the state of Kerala (south) indicated that the tests carried out on the 22-year-old who died on July 30 “showed that he had monkey pox“.

This would be the fourth fatal case of the disease outside of Africa, although it has not been clearly established whether the cause of death was smallpox.

“The young man had no symptoms of monkeypox. He was admitted to hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue,” Kerala Health Minister Veena George told the Indian Express on Sunday.

Twenty people considered at risk were placed under observation, including relatives, friends and medical personnel, who could have been infected.

The World Health Organization (WHO) activated its highest alert level in July to try to contain the outbreak that has affected more than 18,000 people in 78 countries since May, 70% of them in Europe.

Spain announced last week two deaths of patients with monkey pox and Brazil one. However, it has not been established that they died due to smallpox. Autopsies are still ongoing.

India has already recorded at least four cases of the disease.

The monkey pox It is considered a rare viral disease transmitted by close contact with an infected person and skin lesions.

The disease was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is now considered endemic in a dozen African countries.

Simian orthopoxvirus is less dangerous and contagious than smallpox, eradicated worldwide in 1980.

With information from AFP



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