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Date: July 6, 2022 4:25 am

The monkeys themselves could catch smallpox from small rodents, which are the main carriers of this virus, Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, said on Thursday, May 26.

In his opinion, the primates themselves are victims in this case. With a high degree of probability, the scientist believes, they contracted the virus from mice or rats, which are considered the main reservoir and carrier of smallpox.

On the air of the federal TV channel Russia-1, Gunzburg noted that if the virus begins to spread massively between people, variants with greater virulence, the ability of the virus to cause disease, are likely to appear.

“It will be very dangerous in epidemiological and clinical terms,” ​​summed up the director of the Gamaleya Research Center.

On the eve of the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that there are risks of importing monkeypox into Russia, but they are small. According to the head of the department, today it is not necessary to vaccinate all Russian citizens against the new smallpox. However, efforts should be made to protect yourself and relevant regulations should be observed.


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