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Epidemics of influenza are not expected until December

September 16 2008

According to Rospotrebnadzor, the Russian Federation is expected early outbreaks of influenza this year, told reporters in St. Petersburg, the country's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko.

"Overall, early influenza epidemics, we did not expect. The rise of morbidity will be as usual in December. It is our forecasts, and while they are justified, although the cold snap in early September we are a bit strained," - he said. Chief sanvrach stressed that, as always, at the beginning of the season specialists expect the emergence of new strains - candidate pandemic. " "We look forward to such strains for almost ten years" - he added.

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