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 detected in a young man who was returning from a trip to Europe and presented to a medical facility with a common rash. [for this disease]”said Rospotrebnazor, Russia’s rights watchdog, as quoted by Sputnik.
Rospotrebnadzor said the patient had mild symptoms and was in isolation.
In the last week of June, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the monkeypox outbreak was not currently a global public health problem, but added that “intense response efforts” were being made. necessary to control the spread.
The announcement comes after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus convened an emergency committee on the disease, under the International Health Regulations (IHR), to deal with the rising number of cases.
The PHEIC declaration is the highest global alert level, which currently only applies to the COVID-19 pandemic and poliomyelitis.
Monkeypox, a rare viral disease, occurs mainly in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa, although it is sometimes exported to other regions.
Since May, more than 3,000 cases have emerged in 47 countries, many of which had never previously reported the disease. The highest numbers are currently in Europe and most cases are in men who have sex with men.
Tedros said he was deeply concerned about the spread of the disease and that he and the WHO were monitoring the evolving threat very closely.
“What makes the current outbreak of particular concern is the rapid and continued spread to new countries and regions and the risk of onward and sustained transmission to vulnerable populations, including immunocompromised people, pregnant women and children,” did he declare.
He stressed the need for both collective attention and coordinated action through public health measures, including surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and patient care, and ensuring that vaccines, treatments and other tools are available to at-risk populations and shared equitably.
The WHO chief noted that the Committee had pointed out that Monkeypox had been circulating in a number of African countries for decades and had been neglected in terms of research, attention and funding.