IPH says it has sufficient tests for monkeypox


The Institute of Public Health (IPH) has a sufficient amount of tests for the detection of monkeypox, the Ministry of Health informed on Thursday.

“We are in constant contact with the WHO in terms of timely planning of next steps following the expert assessments and recommendations – indicated from the Ministry of Health, as well as that the testing is done only in the PHI, as a reference laboratory, by taking a specimen with a swab.

The Ministry points out that there are protocols on how to detect the disease by testing. A patient who has symptoms of a rash on the body should first contact a family doctor, who will refer them to an infectious disease specialist who will recognize the clinical picture and then refer them for testing at the Public Health Center. A swab is taken from the skin change, and there is also a backup method for taking a throat swab, in rare cases.

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