Mpox Outbreak in Sweden: Public Health Agency Issues Vaccination Call

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.30 - 2024 2:47 PM CET

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The Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of mpox, also known as monkeypox, in the Swedish capital.

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The Swedish capital of Stockholm is currently grappling with an outbreak of mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, with public health officials noting a sharp increase in cases this April. The infection has so far impacted approximately ten individuals, all contracted locally.

The outbreak primarily affects men who have sex with men, although mpox can also spread through close skin-to-skin contact.

In response to the rising cases, the Public Health Agency is calling on those at heightened risk of contracting the virus to get vaccinated.

Individuals who believe they might have been exposed to mpox are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

The disease is characterized by symptoms such as blisters or sores, which typically manifest on the face, hands, feet, genitals, and around the anal opening. The incubation period for mpox ranges from 6 to 13 days, making timely response crucial.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the sudden increase in mpox cases in the region.

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