MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS/. The Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing created an autonomous test system for the detection of the possible cases of the monkeypox infection, the press service of the sanitary watchdog told journalists on Thursday.
"In order to quickly detect the possible cases of monkeypox, the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing has rapidly developed an autonomous test system and successfully conducted its laboratory trials," the statement said.
The agency stressed that the test is simple enough to be used outside of a laboratory, that is, in a "bedside" format. Additionally, it is sufficiently efficient and specific since it does not cause cross-reactions with measles, rubella or chickenpox viruses.
The agency maintains working contacts with international organizations and foreign countries in order to obtain up-to-date information on the unfolding epidemiological situation, the press service specified.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease transmitted to humans by animals.
Recently, the instances of monkeypox were detected in the UK, Portugal, Spain and the US.