Monkeypox treatment available in Rhode Island

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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