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Finland reports first monkeypox case

Helsinki University Hospital District (HUS) says Finland's first monkeypox patient is recovering at home and doing relatively well.

HUS diagnosed Finland's first monkeypox case. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Finland's biggest hospital district HUS on Friday said it confirmed the country's first monkeypox case late on Thursday.

Lasse Lehtonen, HUS' diagnostics director, said the case was the only one that had been suspected in Finland so far.

The patient, who is currently recovering at home, has blisters and a high fever, but is otherwise doing well, according to HUS.

"We know the source of the infection and we've traced close contacts," Lehtonen explained of the patient who had been travelling within Europe.

The HUS top doc emphasised that the virus is not highly transmissible.

"There's a very small risk that the disease would start spreading in Finland," he said.

The monkeypox virus is one of the human orthopoxviruses that also include variola, cowpox, and vaccinia viruses. People who have received smallpox vaccines may have some immunity against monkeypox. FInland, however, stopped inoculating the population against smallpox in the 1970s as it had been eradicated.