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FHI chief physician comments on monkeypox in Oslo: “Not a danger to the population”

Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

Oslo Municipality has launched infection tracing efforts for monkeypox. Chief physician Preben Aavitsland at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) says there is no danger to the population in Oslo. 

“It is not very contagious, and it almost never causes epidemics among humans,” Aavitsland told the newspaper Avisa Oslo.

On Saturday night, it became known that infection tracking started after a foreign person who visited Oslo in May had been diagnosed with monkeypox. Oslo Municipality told TV 2 that they had found indirect close contacts of the person.

Aavitsland told the newspaper that the virus is transmitted by close contact. People can not be infected on the tram or in the cinema. 

“It is not conducive to a pandemic… There is no danger to the population in Oslo.”

The virus usually causes mild symptoms in the form of fever and rash and is rarely fatal. The patient usually recovers after two to four weeks.

Monkeypox has been detected in several European countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden, as well as in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

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