Confirmed four monkeypox cases in Catalonia

Cases are linked to others already detected in Spain

Researcher using a microscope on April 25, 2022 (by Pol Solà)
Researcher using a microscope on April 25, 2022 (by Pol Solà) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

May 26, 2022 07:53 PM

The first monkeypox cases in Catalonia have been confirmed on Thursday evening, as the Catalan health department announced. There have been four confirmed patients and all are linked to others in Spain.

These are the first cases of monkeypox in the territory after the vast majority of cases in Spain have been confirmed in the Madrid region.

For privacy reasons, the health department will not release any private information regarding the patients.

The confirmation of the cases is not immediately available, as the Catalan epidemiologic surveillance network has to control some possible cases and warn Spain's Alert Coordination and Health Emergencies Center.

There, the center takes the several samples they have received and analyzes them.

On Friday 20, the Catalan public health secretary, Carmen Cabezas, confirmed that Catalonia would have its first monkeypox cases in the upcoming days. In an interview with Catalan RAC1 radio broadcaster, the expert announced that there are always patients with similar diseases that "need studying." 

However, Cabezas confessed to not being worried, as it would not be the first case of the infrequent but known disease in western countries. Clusters tend to be "small and in specific places," she added.