The warning of a Cameroonian virologist after the first deaths in Spain from monkeypox

Cameroonian virologist Boghuma Kabisen Titanji issued a hard-hitting notice after recording the first deaths of monkeypox in Spain and Brazil.

In a Twitter thread, the scientist points out that these are the first deaths outside of Africa in the current epidemic and warns: “As cases increase, we will see a wider range of presentations, complications and even more deaths.

The expert points out that this can only be stopped if efforts are made to contain the ongoing epidemic, but underlines another aspect: “Every death is a sad failure and should not only attract attention when it occurs in countries with more resources.

“Nobody cared when monkeypox deaths were mostly in Africa, children whose lives are too often underestimated,” he laments.

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji insists that any comprehensive response plan that does not include countries where monkeypox has been endemic for decades will fail.

“It saddens me deeply to see another zoonosis take hold in the human population like this, especially one for which we have a vaccine and viable treatments,” he says.

Meanwhile, the Community of Madrid has detected a total of 1,882 cases of monkeypox or monkeypox until this Monday, 43 of them over the weekend.

Likewise, tests carried out for the presence of orthopoxviruses (the set of viruses responsible for smallpox) excluded 533 other cases, Health Ministry sources told Europa Press.

At the general level, we maintain the same contagion profile as hitherto, that is, men who have sex with men in high-risk situations. Last week, a 7-month-old baby from infected parents was confirmed positive, with a good clinical course for all.

As for vaccination, until Monday, 706 doses have been administered in the region: 174 post-exposure and 532 pre-exposure.

The Community of Madrid received 1,835 doses of the 5,300 doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine that arrived in Spain at the beginning of July for vaccination against monkeypox or monkeypox, a purchase that was made by the European Commission through the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

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