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Confirmation of the third case of smallpox in Sweden

This means that two cases have been confirmed in the Stockholm region and one in the western Götaland region. The first Swedish case was reported on 20 May.

European infection control and public health authorities are following the spread of smallpox on the continent because the virus appears to behave differently and infects in a new way, that is, through sexual contact.

Smallpox virus itself is not new but has been around for many years, especially in West African countries, where infection is found in monkeys. However, in the past, the virus did not spread to other parts of the world with travelers.

Until May 25 118 cases of smallpox have been confirmed within the European Union and the European Economic Area, according to statistics from the European Agency for the Control of Infectious Diseases (ECDC). Then Spain had the highest number of cases with 51 cases and Portugal with 37 cases. However, it is likely that the European number has increased since then – in the statistics from May 25, Sweden has a reported case.

Monkey pox has also been detected in other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. In total, there are 300 suspected cases in May, according to Reuters.

The World Health Organization does not believe that the monkey outbreak will be global.

“At the moment, we are not concerned about a global pandemic,” Rosamund Lewis, who leads WHO’s work on monkeypox at the Ministry of Health Crises, said Monday.

The World Health Organization is considering whether to classify the outbreak as a “Potential Public Health Crisis of International Importance” – usually abbreviated PHEIC. Such a classification has been made for covid-19 and Ebola, among others, and it helps accelerate research and funding to stem the spread.

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Symptoms are usually Relatively mild with flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle aches with chickenpox, often in the form of blisters.

The contagious period when a patient has chickenpox is estimated as subsequent blisters and sores. Researchers do not yet know whether the virus can be transmitted even from asymptomatic people or those who do not have a cup. Not even if it could be spread by someone who doesn’t get sick.

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