COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's health experts have begun testing its citizens for Monkeypox to identify if the virus had entered the country, a Health Ministry official said here Wednesday.
The official told Xinhua that the Health Ministry began conducting tests after the World Health Organization had provided the ministry with test kits for that purpose.
The tests were being carried out in capital Colombo and the central city of Kandy.
The Health Ministry said it is yet to identify any cases of Monkeypox in the nation.
The World Health Organization last month officially declared that the current multi-country monkeypox outbreak outside of the traditional endemic areas in Africa has already turned into a public health emergency of international concern. ■