The Russian national health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, sees no reason to panic over the fresh monkeypox outbreak across the world. The disease is well known to humanity, the agency’s head, Anna Popova, told Russian KP Radio on Tuesday.
No monkeypox cases have been “imported” to Russia so far, Popova said, adding that Russia has a test-system capable of detecting the virus in a patient’s sample within hours. The Russian authorities have introduced sanitary control measures and have informed the medical personnel about the situation, she added.
“It is important to exercise vigilance,” Popova said as she urged medics to pay attention to certain symptoms that can be indicative of the disease. People who have traveled to the risk areas and have felt sick afterwards should inform doctors about their trips, the Rospotrebnadzor head advised.