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The flu epidemic in Russia is expected in February

October 15 2007

At the present time in five Russian regions exceeded the epidemiological threshold for influenza, but the incidence in them is declining.

"The epidemiological threshold are exceeded in Arkhangelsk, Krasnoyarsk, Syktyvkar, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Horilske, but in these regions, the incidence is on the decline. Most of the flu are sick children," - said the director of NII flu RAMH Oleg Kiselyov.

Real growth of influenza throughout the country, he said, should be expected in December, and the epidemic is possible in February next year.

"Judging by last years, the epidemic is strongly shifted to February. Diseases in late winter - early spring are especially severe" - the director of NII.

Research continues to develop new drugs against influenza for domestic use. In particular, modern inhalational drugs, based on gammainterferone, he added. "It's modern medicine in the world have already proved a great effectiveness of drugs that are based on gammainterferona" - said Oleg Kiselyov.

Now start a joint Russian-European project to develop a universal vaccine against influenza. "This project involved NII flu, the Center for Bioengineering, RAH, European experts, including Walter Fiers. It is very difficult, extremely difficult task - to develop a vaccine against all influenza strains against all" - said Oleg Kiselyov. Reports Interfax

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