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29.09.2008

Russia may have cold and flu epidemic month earlier than planned – expert

A cold and flu epidemic in Russia may start in November because of early frosts, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) National Flu Center Academician Oleg Kiselyov told Itar-Tass.

“The Federal Consumer Rights and Human Well Being Service has forecasted the beginning of the cold and flu epidemic a month later, in December. Everything will depend on the weather,” the expert said. “It is still hard to predict a flu type, but one can be sure we will have no H5N1 avian influenza virus.”

He urged regional medical authorities to intensify cold and flu diagnostic at laboratories and to tighten sanitary control at industrial enterprises and children’s institutions.

The National Flu Center conducts round-the-year epidemiological monitoring in 54 largest cities of Russia and exchanges information with the WHO Geneva headquarters.
 


Source:  www.itar-tass.com

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