Flu epidemic postponed until January

Flu epidemic postponed until JanuaryThe flu epidemic in Russia will not begin until January of next year, according to the chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko. As "says Moscow," Onishchenko said that the situation with the common cold in the fall and winter will depend on the results of the vaccination campaign against influenza. According to doctors, the encouraging factor is that, how was the flu epidemic in the Southern Hemisphere — dangerous new flu strains have arisen there, write "Arguments and Facts".

"We expect some recovery, but if things unfold as now, the bulk of this growth will occur in the beginning of 2012," — said Onishchenko, reports BaltInfo. "If we create a good immune stratum, vaccinating 32 million people, the situation will develop in prosperous scenario," — he said. "The strains that were circulating in the Southern Hemisphere, are identical with the strains that are circulating in our country. It is in our vaccines," — said Onishchenko.

Earlier it was reported that four children in the United States contracted a previously unknown strain of influenza virus H3N2. One case was reported in Indiana. There have been infected boy whose relatives contact with pigs, according to the American Center for Disease Control.

The remaining cases of a new strain of flu have been identified in Pennsylvania. All three children attended the same fair, held from 13 to 20 August, which also had contact with pigs. Those who contract the virus strain was isolated H3N2, which is easily transmitted from person to person. In laboratory studies a new kind of agent was discovered gene, which is characteristic for the virus H1N1, influenza pandemic of 2009-2010.

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