There are no confirmed monkeypox cases in Norway at the moment, FHI tells Norway Today

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Cases of monkeypox acquired in the European Union have recently been reported in multiple EU Member States, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

A citizen from a European country who visited Oslo between May 6 and 10 was diagnosed with monkeypox after returning to their homeland.

The City of Oslo has performed infection tracking after the case was reported on May 21.

On May 26, Norway Today reached out to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) to ask whether any cases of monkeypox have been registered in Norway so far.

In a short response, the FHI noted that no cases had been reported yet.

“No cases have been found. If cases are confirmed, we will announce it,” the on-duty press officer told Norway Today.

“Not a danger to the population”

Earlier this week, chief physician Preben Aavitsland at the FHI said that monkeypox was not a 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.

Aavitsland told the newspaper that the virus is transmitted by close contact and that 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,” he concluded.

Robin-Ivan Capar is a contributor and editor at Norway Today.

Source : #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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