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“The monkeypox virus is one of the varieties of a large family of smallpox viruses, which affects not only people and monkeys, but also cows, horses and many other animals. Smallpox more dangerous that people get is smallpox, so to speak, smallpox But since 1980, not a single case of smallpox has been recorded on the planet, – Anna Popova said today on the air of KP radio – For humans, the Monkeypox virus is also contagious, but the disease is much easier. Europe and North America have already recorded 109 cases of monkeypox and not a single death.”
There is not a single case of monkeypox in Russia, the head of Rospotrebnadzor emphasized. He recalled that we currently do not have direct flights with European countries. However, all necessary precautions have already been taken against the possible importation of infection into the country.
People born before 1980 and vaccinated against smallpox, as shown by many years of observational experience, are protected against monkeypox, “at least we say that they are protected against a severe course of the disease,” Popova stressed. According to her, scientists are now studying the level of post-vaccination immunity among those vaccinated against smallpox, because 22 years have passed since vaccinations were stopped after the elimination of the smallpox virus. In the meantime, Anna Popova noted, elementary precautions must be observed.
Monkeypox is transmitted by contact, so if suspicious vesicles (papules) appear on the skin, you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. And, of course, close contact with such people should be avoided.
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