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Denmark considering providing vaccine to close contacts of monkeypox cases

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -Denmark is considering providing vaccines produced by Bavarian Nordic to close contacts of those infected with monkeypox, the Danish Health Authority told Reuters on Wednesday.

“The Danish Health Authority is investigating whether people who have been in close contact with a person infected with monkey pox should be offered vaccination,” the Health Authority said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The statement is a clarification of a report by public broadcaster DR from Tuesday, which said authorities had already decided to provide the vaccine to close contacts.

It was not immediately clear whether Denmark had the vaccine in stock or whether authorities would need to procure it.

The Ministry of Health, which will ultimately decide whether to buy the vaccine, did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

There have been more than 100 suspected or confirmed cases in Europe and North America of monkeypox – a disease usually found in west and central Africa – according to the World Health Organization.

Denmark has registered two cases of monkeypox infection during the current outbreak, both related to travelling in Spain. The first case had travelled to Gran Canaria.

(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; editing by Bill Berkrot and Jason Neely)

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