Russian watchdog speaks out on monkeypox spread

Neither of the two known cases of the disease in the country are believed to have caused transmissions

Monkeypox is not spreading in Russia, health officials have said, after reporting the full recovery of the second patient diagnosed with the disease in the country.

The unidentified man was discharged from a St Petersburg hospital on Friday without any symptoms of the disease and “don’t pose [transmission] risk to the public, said the city’s branch of the health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. “No new cases of infection have been identified.”

The case, the second identified in Russia, was reported in early September. The patient was identified as a man who had just returned to Russia after traveling to several European countries. The first monkeypox infection was reported in mid-July in a patient who had returned from Portugal to St. Petersburg.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said earlier this month that the United Nations health body had received reports of more than 50,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox and 16 death this year. The number has eclipsed the total number of infections since the disease was first identified in the late 1950s, he added.

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Most of those affected were men who have sex with men, with about 40% of cases being HIV-positive men, according to WHO figures. Ghebreyesus said he hopes monkeypox can be eliminated in countries where it is not endemic to animals, with the public health measures available.


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