Monkeypox virus: First case in Russia, patient returned from Europe

MOSCOW: Russia has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in a young man who recently returned from Europe, the country’s consumer rights watchdog told reporters on Tuesday. “The first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Russia. The disease was diagnosed in a young man who returned from a trip to Europe and came to a medical facility with a rash that is common [for this disease]Sputnik quoted Russia’s authority watchdog Rospotrebnazor.

Rospotrebnadzor clarified that the patient has mild symptoms and is isolated. In the last week of June, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the monkeypox outbreak is not currently a global public health concern, but that “intense response efforts” are needed to control further spread.

The announcement comes after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called an emergency committee on the disease, under the International Health Regulations (IHR), to address the rising caseload. The PHEIC declaration is the highest level of global alert, which currently only applies to the COVID-19 pandemic and polio.

Monkeypox, a rare viral disease, occurs mainly in tropical rainforest regions of Central and West Africa, although it is sometimes exported to other regions. Since May, there have been more than 3,000 cases in 47 countries, many of which have never previously reported the disease. The highest numbers are currently in Europe, and the majority of cases are in men who have sex with men.

Tedros said he was deeply concerned by the spread of the disease, and that both he and the WHO were following this emerging threat very closely. “What the current outbreak is particularly concerning is its rapid, spreading to new countries and territories and the risk of further, continued transmission in vulnerable populations, including immunocompromised, pregnant women and children,” he said. .

They underscored the need for both collective attention and coordinated action through public health measures, including surveillance, contact-tracing, isolation and care of patients, and ensuring that vaccines, treatments and other equipment are at risk. are available to the population and are shared fairly. The WHO chief noted that the committee had pointed out that monkeypox has been spreading in many African countries for decades and has been neglected in terms of research, attention and funding.