Health. Belgium’s first death from monkeypox

As of August 29, Belgium, country of 11.5 million inhabitants, had “706 confirmed cases of ”Monkeypox” (Monkeypox)”, according to Sciensano. Among these patients, almost all suffering from skin lesions, “mainly in the anal-genital region”, 32 were hospitalized, specifies the same source, stressing that two of them “had an underlying immune disorder”.

“To date, one death has been reported in a person with underlying medical conditions,” the report continues.

According to dashboard According to the World Health Organization (WHO) which lists all confirmed cases, there were as of August 31 50,496 cases and 16 deaths recorded in 101 countries and territories.

In Europe, where the epidemic appeared in May, Spain had already recorded two deaths of patients with the virus at the end of July, without there either formally establishing a cause and effect link.

WHO Graphical Statistics as of August 24, 2022

WHO Graphical Statistics as of August 24, 2022

The epidemic mainly affects the gay community, and most transmissions take place during sexual intercourse.

But the WHO strongly emphasizes the need to avoid any stigmatization of a specific community, which could lead its members to hide the disease, not seek treatment and continue to spread it.

The organization had triggered its highest level of alert on July 24 to try to prevent the epidemic from gaining even more momentum and settling in permanently.

Since the end of August, the spread of the virus has started to slow down in Europe, according to the WHO, which is corroborated by official figures in Belgium (36 cases recorded during the last week against 47 the previous one).

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