Monkeypox: Russia alleges US labs in Nigeria are spreading the disease

Russia has claimed that the United States has biological laboratories in Nigerian towns responsible for the spread of monkeypox. Sputnik News quoted Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological defense troops. Kirilov reportedly published a news item on Friday May 27 in which he made these allegations.

Kirilov reportedly noted the WHO’s finding that monkeypox had spread from Nigeria and said US biolabs were responsible. In his briefing, he claimed that US biolabs were present in the cities of Abuja, Zaria and Lagos.

Lagos is the capital of Nigeria.

The briefing urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the alleged role of the United States in the spread of monkeypox.

Action must be taken ‘now’ against monkeypox: WHO

The WHO said if the world acted quickly against monkeypox it could be easily contained.

“We believe that if we put the right measures in place now, we can probably contain this easily,” said Sylvie Briand, WHO director for global infectious risk preparedness, at the agency’s annual meeting. United Nations.

So far, around 300 cases have been discovered in around 20 countries.

“For us, we think the main priority right now is to try to contain this transmission in non-endemic countries,” Briand said during a technical briefing for member states.

Necessary measures included early detection and isolation of cases and contact tracing, she added.

(With agency contributions)

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