Rospotrebnadzor: Two suspected Ebola cases in Russia proven negative

There had been two suspected Ebola cases in Russia but both of them were proven negative, Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) head, Russian chief public health official Anna Popova said.

There had been two suspected Ebola cases in Russia but both of them were proven negative, Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) head, Russian chief public health official Anna Popova said.

"There had been two cases in Russia which required testing. Neither of them was diagnosed with Ebola. Some arrivals were running a fever but they were not diagnosed either clinically or by laboratory testing," she told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

Popova noted that Russia had been working to prevent the arrival of the Ebola virus since March. She said sanitary cordons had been put into place and passengers crossing the border were being screened.

"We have established a working relationship with airlines, airports and ports in Russia, places where persons possibly infected with the Ebola virus may be found. We know about transit passengers. We are using equipment, thermal imagers, to see whether some people onboard are running a fever," the Rospotrebnadzor chief stated.

Popova told Interfax last Thursday that a number of countries, including Russia, had made progress in the development of an Ebola vaccine.

"A vaccine has been developed. This is a fact. There is a vaccine in various countries, among them Russia. But its efficiency and preparedness for introduction are the question," Popova said.

Rospotrebnadzor sent a mobile lab to Ebola-stricken Guinea last week. The Russian team comprises epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists.

More than 2,200 people in Africa have contracted Ebola and over 1,200 of them are dead.

Ebola is a grave viral infection with an up to 90 percent mortality rate. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with blood, bodily fluids and tissue of infected animals or people.

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