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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Russia : Health Chief Warns of Flu, Virus Eruptions

Via The Moscow Times :

" Russia's chief sanitary doctor warned of outbreaks of flu and intestinal viruses in the next few months and urged people to fight the illnesses by getting more sleep and quitting smoking.

Gennady Onishchenko, head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service, said Russia would be caught in a flu epidemic in September and October that might include the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

The virus has killed 16,900 people around the world, including several in Russia, and sickened many others since surfacing in April 2009.

In Russia, people should "prepare seriously and with a feeling of full responsibility" for the flu outbreak, Onishchenko said at a news conference, Interfax reported.

Onishchenko called on people to take vitamins, quit drinking and smoking, get seven to nine hours of sleep every night and lead a healthy lifestyle to lower the risk of catching flu.

Onishchenko also predicted an outbreak of intestinal viruses that affect the central nervous system in the summer. One of the intestinal viruses is polio. "

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