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First death from monkeypox reported in Cuba

MIAMI, United States. — The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) confirmed this Monday the first death from monkeypox on the Island.

The victim was a 50-year-old patient of Italian nationality who had been diagnosed with the disease on August 20.

The MINSAP revealed that the tourist had arrived in the country on August 15 and that “he rapidly evolved into serious condition, being in critical unstable condition since August 18, dying in the afternoon of the day.”

The necropsy report carried out at the Institute of Forensic Medicine revealed sepsis due to bronchopneumonia due to an unspecified germ and multiple organ damage as the cause of death.

According to the report, in the studies carried out from the beginning to look for possible associated causes that may have conditioned its severity, other pathologies of infectious aetiology were ruled out.

The MINSAP added that, “as a result of the focus control actions provided for in the approved protocol for the prevention of this disease in the country, its contacts remain isolated, so far asymptomatic.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a zoonotic viral infection, which means it can spread from animals to humans. It can also spread from person to person.

This condition can generate different signs and symptoms. While some people have mild symptoms, others may have more severe symptoms and need care at a health facility. People at greatest risk of severe disease or complications are pregnant people, children, and immunosuppressed people.

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