17:02, 08 August 2020, Bishkek – 24.kg, Maria ORLOVA
The Ministry of Health has prepared samples for studying the complete genome of coronavirus infection in Kyrgyzstan, which will be sent to the WHO reference laboratories in Germany. Head of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health Ainura Akmatova said this at a briefing.
According to her, earlier, in order to study the origin of a new coronavirus infection circulating in Kyrgyzstan, 20 samples of a nasopharyngeal smear were sent to the reference center for monitoring coronavirus infectious diseases of the State Scientific Center of Virology and Biotechnology “Vector” (Russia). They were collected from people with a positive result in different laboratories in the country.
“In the reference center, three samples with a high cytopathogenic effect were isolated from all of them. Subsequent analysis showed that these isolators belong to different phylogenetic branches, which indicates their imported origin and subsequent evolution in our country, ”Ainura Akmatova noted.
According to her, the study was carried out with samples obtained in May, when restrictive measures were in force in Kyrgyzstan.
“For further study of the complete genome of coronavirus infection in Kyrgyzstan, samples have been prepared for the WHO reference laboratory in Germany. They were collected during the aggravation of the situation in July. They will then be compared with the results of the first study, ”she said.