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The medical journal Lancet reports that antiviral drugs may be able to lessen symptoms and minimize the period a patient is contagious when countries with monkeypox immunize their citizens.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 131 confirmed and 106 suspected cases of monkeypox in 19 countries on Wednesday, signaling an increase in the disease’s global prevalence. Most of these cases have been minor, and monkeypox is less contagious than COVID-19, according to doctors.

The medical journal Lancet reports that antiviral drugs may be able to lessen symptoms and minimize the time a patient is contagious when countries with monkeypox choose to immunize against the disease.

Monkeypox has been found in Finland for the first time, according to the Helsinki medical district. At this point, it was determined that the patient was infected with orthopoxvirus and would know whether or not he was infected with monkeypox within one week. According to the hospital district, the man has blisters and a high fever and is currently recuperating at home.

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