Peru recorded the first death related to monkey pox of a man of approximately 45 years who suffered from HIV and had a very weakened immune system, the director of a public hospital in Lima said on Monday.
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The man had entered the Dos de Mayo Hospital on Wednesday of last week “in septic shock” due to health complications because he had abandoned his treatment for HIV for months, said Dr. Eduardo de Farfán.
“The patient arrived with a very advanced infection (…) he had abandoned treatment for the disease he was suffering from and that made him more vulnerable to contracting any infection,” he said in an interview with local radio RPP.
“Monkeypox was another factor, but it had per se the problem of HIV that had not been controlled,” he added.
Peru’s health ministry reported on Twitter on Sunday that confirmed cases of monkey pox increased to 305 in nine of the 25 regions in the Andean country.
Last week the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported the first death related to the monkey pox outside of Africa in the current outbreak, of a 41-year-old man with cancer and a weakened immune system.
Brazil, together with the United States and Canada, is among the countries most affected by the monkey pox in America, where more than 5,000 cases have been reported to date, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The cases of death from monkey pox in the Americas come a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the fast-spreading outbreak a global health emergency, its highest level of alert.
With information from Reuters