30 May 2022 14:45

No monkeypox cases reported in Russia, risk of importing disease low - Rospotrebnadzor

MOSCOW. May 30 (Interfax) - No cases of monkeypox have been reported yet in Russia, and the risk of the disease being imported is believed to be low amid restrictions on air services, Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said.

"No monkeypox cases have been identified in Russia. Given existing restrictions on air services, the risk of importing monkeypox is considered to be low," Rospotrebnadzor told reporters on Monday.

The Russian regulator says it is taking all appropriate measures to minimize the prospects of this disease being imported into and spreading across the country.

The World Health Organization earlier recorded 257 confirmed and 120 suspected monkeypox cases. Since May 13, the disease has been reported in 23 countries.