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Peru registers first death in monkeypox patient: hospital

 Peru registers first death in monkeypox patient: hospital

A dose of Imvanex vaccine used to protect against monkeypox is pictured; according to the WHO, more than 18,000 cases of the virus have been deteced worldwide

Lima – Peru on Monday recorded its first death of a monkeypox-infected person, with more than 300 cases reported in the country to date, a health official said.

The fatality was “a patient who came to hospital in a serious condition with monkeypox and their health weakened after abandoning treatment for HIV/Aids,” according to Eduardo Farfan, director of the Dos de Mayo hospital in Lima.

The man, 45, died “of sepsis” due to a weakened immune system, said Farfan.

He had been admitted to hospital with a severe monkeypox infection and “other comorbidities,” said the director.

Farfan said his hospital was treating about eight or nine cases of monkeypox per day, on an outpatient basis.