At the moment, there is no threat of an epidemic of the Alaskapox viral infection, said immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov. He spoke about the properties of the disease in a conversation with the online publication “Paragraph”.
According to the expert, the infection affects the skin and tissues of internal organs. However, at the moment there is no accurate data on its contagiousness, in addition, there have been no recorded cases of transmission of the disease from person to person in the world.
“To what extent [вирус] contagious – it’s impossible to say anything yet. Most likely, its contagiousness is currently low. And there are no reported cases of person-to-person transmission. Now the key route is infection from animals. Current properties indicate that there is no direct epidemic potential yet,” he said.
The Alaskapox virus became widely discussed after an elderly man died in Alaska, according to the local Department of Health. According to one version, he could have become infected from the cat that lived with him. It is known that his immune system was severely weakened due to undergoing treatment for oncology.
Earlier, Rospotrebnadzor stated that no cases of transmission of the Alaskapox virus from person to person have yet been recorded, and the risks of importation and illness of the virus in Russia have been excluded.
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