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South Africa records first death from Mpox

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Mpox, formerly called monkeypox, is a viral infection transmitted through close contact South Africa has recorded its first confirmed death from Mpox, the country’s health minister has announced, BBC News reports.

A 37-year-old man died as a result of the virus on Monday after being admitted to a hospital in Gauteng province three days earlier, said minister Joe Phaahla.

Phaala said that all five cases recorded in the country this year – another in Gauteng, and three in KwaZulu-Natal – were classed as severe and required hospitalisation.

He said all were men aged between 30 and 39, who had not been to other countries experiencing an outbreak – suggesting that the disease was being transmitted locally.

Mpox, formerly called monkeypox, is a viral infection transmitted through close contact.

Initial symptoms include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles, which can develop into a rash.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of mpox in 2022. Although this was ended last year, low levels of cases are still being reported in some countries.

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