Monkeypox infection boom in Spain, 17,509 cases across Europe
Monkeypox: 17,897 cases have been identified up to 9 August in 41 countries and areas throughout the WHO European region. In Italy there are 599
17,897 cases of monkeypox have been identified up to 9 August in 41 countries and areas throughout the World Health Organisation (WHO) European region
This is reported in the latest update published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and WHO Europe.
The document states that 17,509 cases were reported from 35 countries/areas to the ECDC and the World Health Organisation’s European Regional Office through the Tessy surveillance system, while of the cases reported in Tessy, 17,402 were laboratory confirmed.
MONKEYPOX: THE IDENTIKIT OF THOSE INFECTED IN EUROPE
The Monkeypox report goes on to state that the majority of cases are between 31 and 40 years old (7,072 out of 17,468, or 40%), that 99% are males (17,286 out of 17,458), and that among cases with known HIV status, 36% (2,911 out of 8,156) are HIV-positive.
Most cases presented a rash (10,046 out of 10,592, or 94.8%) and systemic symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, chills or headache (6,875 out of 10,592, or 65%).
There were also 455 people admitted to hospital (5.8%), 163 of whom required clinical care.
Three cases were admitted to intensive care, one of them for reasons unrelated to monkeypox infection.
The other two persons admitted to intensive care died of monkeypox.
MAJOR CASES IN SPAIN, THEN GERMANY AND UNITED KINGDOM. ITALY DETACHED
Spain is the country with the highest number of monkeypox cases, at 5,162.
On the second step of the podium of this unenviable ranking is Germany, with 2,982 infections.
Next comes the United Kingdom with 2,973 infections.
More distant is Italy, with 599 cases.