Japan confirmed this Thursday the first death from mpox (monkey smallpox), more than a year after the first case of infection was detected in the country.
The Japanese Ministry of Health reported that the patient was 30 years old, immunocompromised and lived in Saitama Prefecture, a territory located between 20 and 30 kilometers north of Tokyo.
The country in the Asia-Pacific region confirmed on July 3, 2022 the first infection with mpox — a disease also known as monkeypox — and recorded 227 cases until December 3detailed the Japanese government.
The disease, first reported in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is characterized by skin rashes that may be accompanied by bouts of fever, sore throat or painful lymph nodes.
In May 2023, the World Health Organization declared the end of the international emergency associated with the mpox outbreak, after recording around 87,000 infections in 111 countries, with 140 deaths.
Mpox infections with “sustained” reduction around the world