If flights from the countries affected by the Ebola virus are not halted, the disease could reach Europe and become a new plague, Alexei Pushkov, the head of the State Duma international affairs committee, said Tuesday.
“Unless all flights are stopped from Ebola affected countries, there is a risk it will reach Europe, becoming the plague of the 21st century,” Pushkov said on Twitter.
Ebola concerns are spreading across the world.The US Peace Corps announced the withdrawal of its volunteers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea over fears of the virus spreading. The United Kingdom has expressed concern that Ebola may pose a major threat to the country, and urged healthcare professionals and border staff to be vigilant in their search for potential signs of the virus.
Anna Popova, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), however, said there is no reason for Russia to fear the spreading of the virus, as no threat of the virus has been detected so far. Airports exercise extra care on flights from the virus-stricken regions.
A Russian vaccine against Ebola hemorrhagic fever is now undergoing preclinical tests, Russian consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, head Anna Popova told journalists.
“The vaccine is being developed by the Vector State Research Center. As of today, it is in a stage of preclinical drug trials. The works are intensified now,” Popova said.
She added that there are currently no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.
According to Rospotrebnadzor, 1,603 cases of infection have been registered since February, and 887 people have died of the virus. At the same time, WHO gave different figures, stating that 1,440 people have contracted the disease since February, and that 826 have been killed.