Deadly Swine Flu Sweeps Much of Russia, Neighboring Countries
Posted by feww on January 22, 2016
Deadly swine flu hits 49 Russian regions
Dozen of swine flu cases, including fatalities, have been registered in 49 Russian regions including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Crimea and Sevastopol and in neighboring countries, said a report.
At least 14 lethal swine flu cases have reportedly been registered across Russia since December 2015.
Swine flu (subtype H1N1 of influenza A virus) is common among pigs. Transmission of the virus from animals to humans is not common and does not always lead to human flu, often resulting instead in the production of antibodies only. However, when it does develop in humans, it carries a higher risk of fatality than the common flu.
Moscow. Swine flu in Moscow in the current epidemic season is responsible for 21 percent of all influenza cases in the city.
- 147 people in Moscow were confirmed as infected with the swine flu virus, as of January 20.
Other Regions. New cases of swine flu were registered in seven Russian regions: Kaliningrad, Samara, Vologda, Sakhalin, Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Primorye.
- In Kostroma, the only registered case was fatal.
- Four people were diagnosed with swine flu in the westernmost Russian region of Kaliningrad, regional authorities announced on Thursday.
- Seven people infected with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus in Crimea.
As of January 18, at least 27 fatalities caused by swine flu have been registered across Russia.
Ukraine. Authorities will impose a quarantine, starting January 23, in an attempt to stem the spread of swine flu across the country.
Georgia. The infection has killed at least three people in the mountainous Caucasus region. Georgia’s health workers were put on high alert on Wednesday, following a surge in influenza and acute viral respiratory infection cases.
Armenia. As of January 20, at least 18 fatalities have occurred from complications of swine flu. However, the Armenian health authorities do not consider the spread of swine flu in the country as an epidemic outbreak, said the report.