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02.02.2007

Russia’s chief sanitary doctor says no flu epidemic in country

MOSCOW, January 31 (Itar-Tass) - There is no flu epidemic in Russia in general, Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko told reporters on Wednesday.

In his words, “the flu situation in Russia is developing as was forecast by specialists from the Federal Consumer Rights and Human Well Being Service (Rospotrebnadzor) and the World Health Organization.”

Onishchenko also specified that “the flu epidemic threshold has been overtopped only in three cities: Magadan, Perm, and Khabarovsk; and about eight regions have reported higher rates in some age groups,” mainly schoolchildren and little children.

According to a report prepared by Moscow’s territorial department of Rospotrebnadzor, over 519,000 new cases, including 32,900 among children, of influenza or acute respiratory viral disease were registered in Moscow over the past week.

The indices of the disease incidence are 48.6 percent below the epidemic threshold in different age groups, and flu accounts for only 0.4 percent of sickness incidence in Moscow, the report said.

According to data from the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development, the number of Russians vaccinated against influenza in 2006 increased 5.4 times from the previous year, which helped to reduce flu incidence 1.8 times and to avoid a flu epidemic in the period of its habitual autumn-winter peak.


Source:  http://www.itar-tass.com

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