Spain reaches 3,000 monkeypox cases

Spain remains the country in the world with the most cases of monkeypox. The Ministry of Health has notified the European health administrations 2,835 infectionsin front of the 2,115 of UK and 2,033 of Germany, according to the latest weekly report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published on Thursday. In addition, the cases calculated in Spain will continue to grow, since the statistics already managed by the Department of caroline dariaswith new updates on July 19, bring the figure to 3,125.

According to ECDC data, they are already 10,604 infections in the European Union, the continent most affected by the disease. All over the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) It detected 14,000 cases, so that in Europe there are three out of four patients.

According to the ECDC, the Most patients are men. (99.5%) and are between 31 and 40 years old (42%). Among the most common symptoms of the disease are skin rashes (94.5%) and fever, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, sore throat or headache (65 %).

Were hospitalized 8% of patients and one of them required intensive care. So far, no deaths have been reported. In addition, 31 infections affected health workers. In its new report, the Ministry of Health warns that, although most infections occurred “during high-risk sex” among men, it is possible that the transmission “is moved to other population groups”, which could cause “severe cases in vulnerable populations”.

In this sense, the The community of Madrid confirmed on Wednesday a case of monkeypox in a seven month old baby whose parents were infected. All three family members have received the vaccine and are in healthy, although the baby is being kept in isolation at home. The Madrid Ministry of Health has pointed out that this is a isolated case due to the coincidence of infection in the baby’s parents and transmission occurring during their care.

Concern led the WHO to convene its emergency committeefor the second time in four weeks, to discuss whether the situation poses a major threat to public health and whether it should be declared an “emergency of international concern”, i.e. WHO’s highest alert level, even if it has no immediate consequences. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the start of the meeting that he remained concerned about the rise in cases and which countries were reporting them. However, he added that there is a downward trend in some countries.

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