Two countries have reported deaths of people who tested positive for monkeypox

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Mexico and Cuba reported the deaths of two people who tested positive for monkeypox, although neither country linked the deaths to the viral disease.

Source: Reuters

Details: The reports follow monkeypox-related deaths in Brazil and Ecuador over the past month, but fatalities remain extremely rare in the current outbreak.

Mexico’s health ministry said Tuesday that experts are investigating the death of an HIV-positive patient who died of septic shock and pneumonia after testing positive for monkeypox.

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We will remind:

Monkey pox is a rare viral disease transmitted to humans from animals. It usually occurs in West and Central Africa.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, and a skin rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Cases of monkeypox virus infection have been reported outside Africa in recent weeks, including in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Austria and Sweden.

Belgium became the first country to introduce a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients.

The WHO will change the name of the monkeypox virus, because scientists consider it discriminatory because of its geographical reference.

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