Anna Popova, the head of Russia's Rospotrebnadzor, said the import of Ebola virus into Russia is generally possible, but it cannot be predicted precisely and should not be a reason to panic.
"There are no alarmist predictions in the Russian Federation and there can be no such predictions because the situation is under control and all events are being conducted," Popova told reporters on Thursday, responding to a question about Western scientists' predictions about the possible import of Ebola virus into Russia in late October.
At the same time, Popova reiterated that the virus may sooner or later be imported into Russia, but the date of this incident cannot be predicted.
"No doubt, import is possible, but the date cannot be predicted precisely," Popova said.
At the same time, she reiterated that Rospotrebnadzor pays attention to research done by foreing scientists on the spread of the Ebola virus in the world.
"We are closely studying all western scientists' publications on this issue, but we give priority to our specialists," Popova said.
Popova admitted that the situation in Western Africa is probably not going according to the "common scenario for outbreaks." At the same time, she said the arte at which the virus is spreading is an object of a separate debate and a separate analysis.
"The results will become available a little later and we will familiarize the public with them," Popova said.
The newspaper Izvestia earlier reported, citing scientists from the Northeastern University in Boston, that the Ebola virus may come to Russia as early as on September 24. According to the U.S. scientists' prediction, the probability of the first Ebola case being registered in Russia on October 24 is 1 percent and the probability will increase to 5 percent in a month.
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