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The Brazil Ministry of Health confirmed today, the first death related to monkeypox in Brazil. Officials say that the victim was a 41-year-old man, who was already treated for other diseases, including cancer, which caused his health to worsen.

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Also according to the ministry, the man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized in a public hospital in Belo Horizonte, where he suffered septic shock, aggravated by monkeypox. According to the ministry, “the cause of death was septic shock.”

In addition, the Minas Gerais Health Department reiterated that the patient, who resided in the capital of Minas Gerais, was already hospitalized due to “other serious clinical conditions”. According to the secretary, in addition to the confirmed cases, there are, in the state, another 130 under investigation. Only in Belo Horizonte was there a case of community transmission, that is, when it is no longer possible to identify the place where the person was infected – an indication that the virus is already circulating among people in that locality.

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As of Thursday, July 28, Brazil has reported 978 confirmed cases of monkeypox. Cases were concentrated in the states of São Paulo (744), Rio de Janeiro (117), Minas Gerais (44), Paraná (19), Goiás (13), Bahia (5), Ceará (4), Rio Grande do Sul (3), Rio Grande do Norte (2), Espírito Santo (2), Pernambuco (3), Tocantins (1), Mato Grosso (1), Acre (1), Santa Catarina (4) and in the District Federal (15).