Finland’s largest hospital district, HUS, announced on Friday that it had confirmed the country’s first case of monkeypox late Thursday.
Lasse LehtonenAccording to HUS’s Director of Diagnostics, the case was so far the only case suspected in Finland.
Currently, a patient recovering at home has blisters and a high fever, but otherwise he is well, according to HUS.
The top doctor at HUS stressed that the virus is not very contagious.
The monkey poxvirus is one of the human orthopoxic viruses, including variola, vaccinia and vaccinia viruses. People who have received smallpox vaccines may have some immunity to monkeypox. However, Finland stopped vaccinating the population against smallpox in the 1970s because it had been eradicated.
Source: The Nordic Page