WHO Europe anticipates rise in monkeypox deaths

published on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 8:26 p.m.

The first deaths outside Africa have taken place in recent days, WHO Europe announced on July 30.

The organization emphasizes that severe complications remain rare.

Two deaths of people with monkeypox have been announced since Friday by Spain and another by Brazil, without it being known whether the virus is indeed the cause of these deaths.

The three cases bring the number of deaths recorded globally since May to eight, with the first five reported in Africa, where the disease is endemic and was first detected in humans in 1970.

“Given the continued spread of monkeypox in Europe, we expect more deaths,” said Catherine Smallwood, an emergency officer at WHO Europe.

The objective must be “to quickly interrupt the transmission of the virus in Europe and put a stop to this epidemic”, insists Catherine Smallwood, who underlines however that without most cases, the disease is cured by itself. even, without requiring treatment.

“Reporting the monkeypox-related deaths does not change our assessment of the epidemic in Europe. We know that, although self-limiting in most cases, monkeypox can lead to serious complications,” to- she raised.

The Spanish authorities have so far not given the precise cause of death, pending in particular the results of an autopsy, while the Brazilian authorities have stressed that the deceased man suffered from “other serious conditions”. .

On July 24, the WHO triggered the highest level of alert, the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), to intensify the fight against monkey pox, also called monkeypox.

According to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases have been detected worldwide outside Africa since the beginning of May, the majority of them in Europe.

For now, the WHO stresses that there are not vaccines for everyone and therefore recommends prioritizing those who are most at risk, those who are sick and those who treat or make them. of research.

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