The city authorities have denied the threat of an epidemic of avian influenza mutated
November 30, 2011 | Publication date 09:03 | Last updated 10:51
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Threats of severe influenza epidemic caused by a mutation of avian influenza virus, in Moscow there. , RIA "Novosti" said the representative of the Moscow Department of Health.
"We do not confirm the information that appeared recently in the media and the Internet, that in Moscow there is a threat alleged epidemic of severe influenza, caused by a mutation of avian flu. No epidemic with a similar virus in the capital there," - said the official.
According to him, now among preschool and school-age marked a slight excess of epidemic threshold of influenza and ARVI, which is typical for this season. "The situation is under control, to worry and panic. In educational institutions carried out the necessary anti-epidemic and preventive measures," - said a spokesman for the department.
Meanwhile, the "Russian News Service," citing a source in the department of health capital, said in Moscow that exceeded the threshold of epidemiological influenza in adolescents. For two or three weeks has increased dramatically the number of cases of influenza and ARVI among infants up to two years and children aged 7 to 14 years. Despite these statistics, to declare quarantine in the capital's schools do not intend to. Officials insist that it is too early, since the abolition of classes "should be very good reasons to be a sharp increase in cases."
Recall that in the middle of November it was reported that doctors fear the flu epidemic in the capital. Physicians are advised Muscovites to breathe in the transport of the nose, not mouth to avoid contracting ARVI and influenza. In order to prevent after returning home from the crowds, public transportation, you need to wash and rinse your nose. And before you leave home, it is desirable to smear the inside of the nose ointment, doctors warn.
In January and February 2011 in Moscow died from the flu 11. And in the suburbs in the four patients who died of pneumonia, was found the virus "swine flu".
During the past winter, 1.5 times increase in the number of cases with "swine flu" in comparison to last year. The flu epidemic began in Moscow in late January. Only in the last week of January morbidity in all age groups exceeded the epidemic threshold calculated at 31.6 - 68.3%, and a half times increase in the number of hospitalized from flu and colds. In many schools in Moscow more than a third of children did not go to classes because of a cold. http://newsmsk.com/article/30Nov2011/no_ugroza.html