Alexander Tarasenko, Belarus’ Deputy Health Minister as well as the Chief State Sanitary Doctor, stated Tuesday that the country’s monkeypox test systems will be ready by mid-June as scheduled.

According to BELTA News Agency, the NRCEM ( National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology is responsible for developing these test methods.

Biomaterial would be sent to Russia’s research centers if testing is required before mid-June, Tarasenko was cited as saying.

Monkeypox has expanded to Europe, according to Tarasenko, who says epidemiologists are worried about the spread of the disease in Europe. As a result, the minister said that Belarus’s health ministry has tightened border controls to ensure that the infection cannot be imported.

The virus that causes monkeypox is mostly found in the tropical rainforests of West and Central Africa, although it has been known to spread to other parts of the world on rare occasions. Multiple monkeypox cases were discovered in non-endemic countries in May 2022, according to the WHO.

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