an epidemiologist’s explanation

Two people died in Spain from the monkey pox. The first death It was registered in the Valencian Community and was caused by encephalitis associated with infection, as explained by the Ministry of Universal Health. Barely 24 hours later, the second death in our country. In this case it was in Córdoba and the victim is a 31-year-old man, as detailed by the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Andalusian government.

In addition, 4,298 were infected with this virus, being Madrid (1,656) and Catalonia (1,406) the most affected regions.

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    Madrid: 1,656

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    Catalonia: 1,406

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    Andalusia: 498

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    Valencian Community: 213

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    Canary Islands: 102

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    Basque Country: 98

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    Balearic Islands: 89

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    Aragon: 45

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    Galicia: 37

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    Asturias: 36

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    Castile and Leon: 31

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    Castile-La Mancha: 23

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    Extremadura: 20

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    Murcia: 19

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    Cantabria: 15

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    Navarra: 8

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    Rioja: 2

With these data, Spain ranks as the second country with the most cases of ‘Monkeypox‘ (MPX), just behind United Stateswhich has recorded 4,630 infections.

Given this situation, one of the most common questions is why our country is one of the hardest hit by MPX. A question that RTVE wanted to answer Quique Bassatepidemiologist who has become a regular in the media since 2020 in an attempt to explain the behaviors and coronavirus situation.

“There were a lot of ‘super contagion’ events at the beginning of the epidemic and it is normal that we have more cases than in other countries,” Bassat explained. “We have to reflect and think that the mortality rate associated with this infection is still extraordinarily low, so it is not a cause for great concern,” added the health worker.

Most MPX infections are concentrated in Europe, where 70% of the total cases recorded since the beginning of May have been concentrated, while in America it is 25%, according to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO)Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

On the other hand, the WHO Regional Office predicts that deaths will increase, although he stressed that serious complications remain rare and in many cases the disease heals on its own, without the need for treatment. With Spain, Brazil It also recorded one death as a result of monkeypox.

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