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First case of monkeypox confirmed in Finland

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Finland

Test tube labelled "Monkeypox virus positive" are seen in this illustration taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

HELSINKI: Finland has confirmed its first case of monkeypox, the Helsinki hospital district said on Friday (May 27).

An orthopoxvirus infection was detected in the Helsinki region on Wednesday and has now been sequenced to confirm it was monkeypox.

Global health officials have sounded the alarm over rising cases in Europe and elsewhere of the monkeypox, which is a type of viral infection more common to west and central Africa.

Source: Reuters/vc

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