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The Spanish Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s second death from the Monkeypox virus.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the first death from the disease was reported by the ministry on Friday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is also the second death reported in Europe.

The identity of the victims has not been released. The first victim was a resident of the Comunidad Valenciana in eastern Spain and died of encephalitis associated with the infection.

According to data collected by the National Epidemiological Vigilance Network (RENAVE), 4,298 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Spain (64 of them in women), while 120 people have had to be hospitalized.

The data also shows that more than 80% of infections are the result of having sex, while infection in 10.5% of cases is the result of close non-sexual contact.

The average age of someone infected with Monkeypox in Spain is 37, although cases have been recorded in a 10-month-old and an 88-year-old baby.

Cases have been reported in all of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, but the majority are from the Comunidad de Madrid (1,656), with another 1,406 from Catalonia and 498 in the southern region of Andalusia.

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