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First case of monkeypox confirmed in Finland – Metro US

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Finland

Illustration shows test tube labelled “Monkeypox virus positive
Illustration shows test tube labelled “Monkeypox virus positive

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

A 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.

(Reporting by Essi Lehto, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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