Rospotrebnadzor confirms absence of new suspected Ebola cases in Russia

There have been no new suspected Ebola cases in Russia lately, a source in the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) told Interfax on Friday.

There have been no new suspected Ebola cases in Russia lately, a source in the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) told Interfax on Friday.

"We have had only two suspicious cases, and both of them have been proven negative," the source noted.

The Rospotrebnadzor website reported on Friday, quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), 3,069 people had contracted Ebola by now, and 1,552 cases had been lethal.

There have been 648 Ebola cases, including 430 lethal, in Guinea; 1378 cases, including 694 lethal, in Liberia; 1,026 cases, including 422 lethal, in Sierra Leone; and 17 cases, including six lethal, in Nigeria.

"The epidemic rates have been accelerating, and the mortality rate stands at 50.6 percent," Rospotrebnadzor said.

The WHO has drawn up a roadmap to coordinate global efforts in confining the epidemic, the service pointed out. "The primary objective is to stop the infections within the next six to nine months and to deal with socioeconomic consequences in the affected countries," Rospotrebnadzor said.

A Rospotrebnadzor team comprising virologists, epidemiologists and microbiologists was deployed in Guinea on August 22 to help diagnose the Ebola fever. They are tasked to give humanitarian aid to the Guinea population and diagnostics and protection to Russian citizens in that country.

Rospotrebnadzor head, Russian chief public health official Anna Popova said on Tuesday 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.

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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