Spain confirms country’s second monkeypox death in as many days

Two people in Spain have died from monkeypox.

The Spanish Health Ministry on Saturday reported the country’s second death from the outbreak in as many days

marking the first fatalities in Europe and joining Brazil as the second country with fatalities outside Africa.

The death came one week after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

The ministry confirmed that both deaths were among young men. The vast majority of infections in the US and Europe have occurred among men who have sex with men

but health officials have stressed that anyone can catch and transmit the virus.

Monkeypox is Also known as orthopoxvirus

A health professional administers a vaccine against monkeypox to a 41-year-old in Barcelona, Spain.

On Friday, the Spanish Health Ministry said the country’s total infection count had reached 4,298, the highest in Europe, though only 120 required hospitalization.

Spanish health authorities plan to administer 5,300 vaccines, an amount Spanish healthcare workers decry as far too low.