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It is “very likely” that a case of the monkeypox virus has been identified in Finland, according to health officials.
The hospital district of Helsinki said in a statement Wednesday that a man just returned from a trip to another European country had an infection caused by an orthopoxvirus.
By the end of the week, the authorities will have decided regardless of whether or not it is monkeypox.
“The patient who is currently at home has blisters and a high fever, but otherwise feels fine,” the hospital district said.
Outbreaks of monkeypox have been detected Globally in the past two weeks, with the former head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Department telling The Associated Press that cases in Europe appear to have spread due to sexual activity in raves in Spain and Belgium.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a telebrief on Monday that while anyone can be infected, there is a greater risk for men in the gay and bisexual community.
So far, infections registered by the World Health Organization (WHO) have been mild and no deaths have been reported.
While the United Nations organization noted the outbreak as a “highly unusual event,” officials described the infections as “containable” and warned against stigmatizing groups.
Traditionally, the monkeypox virus is spread by touching or being bitten by infected wild animals in West and Central Africa.
The CDC said there are vaccine doses to prevent monkeypox virus in strategic national supplies and that production will “ramp up” rapidly in the coming weeks.
In the United States, Boston 25 reported that a man identified as the first case had been discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital at the end of last week.
Officials inside California said Tuesday that a Sacramento County resident who recently traveled to Europe – to areas where the cases have been confirmed – may have the first confirmed case in the Golden State.
The patient is in home isolation.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.