WHO warns of high risk of monkeypox in Russia

An outbreak of monkeypox in several new countries recently indicates a serious risk of infection in Russia and other European countries, said WHO spokesperson in Russia Melita Vujnovic.

“At the regional level, the risk is considered high in the WHO European Region due to reports of a geographically widespread outbreak, as well as a somewhat atypical clinical presentation of cases,” she said.

All countries should make every effort to control the outbreak through new case detection and contact tracing, she said.

Previously Vujnovic She said that while the ways of spreading the virus are not exactly clear. Research is being done to understand this and to get more information about the infection. At the same time, in her opinion, mass vaccination will not be required.

As of June 30, more than 5,000 people have been infected in 51 countries around the world. Their largest number is in Great Britain (more than 1000), Germany (874), Spain (800). The first cases have been confirmed in South Africa and Turkey. Alleged facts of the disease are being tested in Bolivia, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan, French Guiana, Paraguay, Haiti, Uruguay, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Uganda, Somalia, and Zambia.

The World Health Organization’s Committee on Emergency Situations has acknowledged the “emergency” of the current situation. The first shipments of vaccines for the prevention of monkeypox have been delivered to the most affected countries, such as Spain. Later they will appear in the USA, Germany, Belgium and Portugal.

At the end of June, another exercise was held in Russia in case of importation of monkeypox, during which doctors trained to identify infected people.

Source: www.moscowtimes.ru

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