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Spanish Ministry of Health confirms second death from monkeypox virus

The Spanish Ministry of Health has confirmed a second death in the country from monkeypox virus.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the ministry reported the first death from the disease on Friday night, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

It is also the second death reported in Europe.

The victim’s identity has not been revealed. The first victim, a resident of the Valencian community in eastern Spain, died as a result of infection-related encephalitis.

According to data collected by the National Epidemiological Vigilance Network (RENAVE), Spain has 4,298 confirmed cases of the virus, of which 64 are women, with 120 requiring hospital treatment.

Data also indicate that more than 80% of infections occurred as a result of sexual relationships, although 10.5% of cases were acquired through close non-sexual contact.

The average age of a person infected with monkeypox in Spain is 37 years, but cases have been registered in babies aged 10 months and 88 years.

Cases have been reported in all 17 autonomous communities of Spain, but the majority are from Comunidad de Madrid (1,656), with a further 1,406 from Catalonia and 498 from the southern Andalusian region.

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