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Three new monkeypox infections have been confirmed in Finland this week. There are now a total of 13 confirmed cases in Finland. Most of the infections have been acquired abroad. However, some of the infections have been acquired in Finland, so the possibility of infection in Finland should also be taken into account. All the infected are men.


Monkeypox is not contagious between people, and it is typically not caught in short encounters in everyday life. The risk of monkeypox spreading more widely in the population is small.

This year, the vast majority of infections found outside of Africa have been acquired through sex. Anyone can get infected, but according to the World Health Organization WHO, infections have been especially common among men who have sex with men, as well as new or several different partners. When used correctly, a condom protects against several sexually transmitted diseases, but it does not provide sufficient protection against monkeypox.

Monkeypox is typically accompanied by a papule or blister rash for which there is no other explanation. The rash may be preceded by other common infection symptoms, such as fever or headache.   

Treatment for monkeypox is symptomatic, and the disease usually resolves on its own within a few weeks. Serious symptoms are possible in those whose defenses are weakened due to other illnesses or medical treatment.   

If you suspect monkeypox infection, avoid physical contact and contact health care by phone before seeking treatment.