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Russia facing health crisis as swine flu detected in all regions

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Swine flu has been detected in all regions of Russia according to a report by the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, Rospotrebnadzor.

From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalisations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.

Rospotrebnadzor told reporters: “The most common strain of influenza is still A (H1N1) 2009, which is recorded in all Russian regions.”

The virus is now one of the seasonal flu viruses that circulate worldwide each winter.

The symptoms are the same as other types of common flu.

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They usually pass within one to two weeks. Some people are at higher risk of serious illness, particularly those with underlying health problems.

The virus was first identified in Mexico in April 2009. It became known as swine flu because it’s similar to flu viruses that affect pigs.

It spread rapidly from country to country because it was a new type of flu virus that few young people were immune to.

Overall, the outbreak was not as serious as originally predicted, largely because many older people were already immune to it. Most cases in the UK were relatively mild, although there were some serious cases.

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The relatively small number of cases that led to serious illness or death were mostly in children and young adults – particularly those with underlying health problems – and pregnant women.

On 10 August 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the pandemic officially over.

The regular flu jab will now usually protect people who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill.

A vaccine programme for children was also introduced in the UK, which aims to protect children and reduce their ability to infect others.

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