Latvia's residents not worried about monkeypox, says survey

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Approximately 72% of the surveyed Latvian residents estimate their concern about the prevalence of monkeypox as low or very low, according to the survey of Benu pharmacy and Gemius, LETA reported on August 22.

The survey involved 1518 respondents surveyed between August 8 and 9.

72.1% of the surveyed Latvian residents view their concern as low or very low, 18.5% moderate, 5.7% moderately high, and 3.8% very high.

Baiba Rozentāle, head of the Latvian Infectology Centre, said that there is no reason for Latvian residents to worry about monkeypox but it should be understood that the spread of any virus increasing both territorially and in population means the possibility of a wave cannot be ruled out entirely in Latvia.

When analyzing the results of the survey by different demographic categories, women are slightly more worried about the spread of the virus. No significant differences were observed according to family language and age.

According to the Ministry of Health, Latvia has just received the first doses of 1400 vaccines against monkeypox, which will be available for vaccination of risk groups, but it is not planned to extend to the general public. In line with the recommendations of the State Council of Immunization, vaccination against monkeypox will be offered to contact persons with monkeypox and medical personnel, including laboratory staff.



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