Monkeypox treatment available in Rhode Island

Un Health Agency Chief Declares Monkeypox A Global Emergency
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FILE - This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, and depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a monkeypox case patient, who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. The World Health Organization is convening its emergency committee on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to consider for the second time within weeks whether the expanding outbreak of monkeypox should be declared a global crisis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health told ABC6 News that a treatment for monkeypox is available to Rhode Islanders who have contracted the virus.

A new drug called Tecovirimat (also known as TPOXX or ST-246) can be used to help people heal from monkeypox and reduce their pain.

Dr. Philip Chan told ABC6 News that TPOXX is not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration for monkeypox treatment, but can still be used at a doctor’s discretion.

Anyone who tests positive for the virus should ask about the treatment option.

Vaccination clinics for monkeypox will be open Friday and Saturday.

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