Peru reports its first monkeypox-related death

Peru recorded the first monkeypox-related death of a man of about 45 years that he had HIV and had a very weak immune systemsaid the director of a public hospital in Lima on Monday.

The man had entered the Hospital Dos de Mayo on Wednesday of last week “in septic shock” due to health complications because he had abandoned his treatment for HIV for months, said Dr. Eduardo de Farfán.

“The patient arrived with a very advanced infection (…) had abandoned treatment for the disease what was he suffering and that made him more vulnerable to get any infection,” he said in an interview with local radio RPP.

“Monkeypox was another factor, but it had per se the problem of HIV that had not been controlled,” he added.

The Peruvian Ministry of Health reported on Twitter on Sunday that the cconfirmed cases of monkeypox increased to 305 in all nine of the 25 regions in the Andean country.

Last week the Ministry of Health of Brazil informed the first death related to monkeypox outside of Africa in the current outbreak, from a 41-year-old man with cancer and a weakened immune system.

Brazil, along with the United States and Canada, is among the countries most affected by monkeypox in America, where they have been reported more than 5 thousand cases to dateaccording to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The monkeypox death cases in the Americas come a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the fast-spreading outbreak a global health emergency, its highest level of alert.

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