Smallpox monkeys, India confirms first death

Indian authorities today confirmed the first death in the country due to monkeypox, specifying that it is a man who died last Saturday after returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Kerala State Health Minister Veena George reported that the man, a 22-year-old resident of Thrissur, died in a private hospital in the city days after returning from the Gulf, according to The Indian Express newspaper.

The minister stressed that the tests carried out in the Emirates showed the boy’s positivity to monkeypox and added that “family members delivered the results on Saturday”. India, which to date has confirmed four cases of this disease, three in Kerala and one in New Delhi, has thus become the third country to register victims outside Africa, after Spain and Brazil.

The WHO declared the disease an international public health emergency of a worrying nature at the end of July. Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis, a disease caused by a virus that passes from animals to humans, which produces symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, albeit less severe, WHO explains. site.