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Monday, January 31, 2011

Russia : Moscow Shuts Down Schools After Flu Outbreak

An article from Red Orbit :

" Moscow and two other cities shut their schools down for a week Saturday in an attempt to stop the worst flu outbreak to hit central Russia in over a decade. The Moscow education department's order covered over 1,500 public and private elementary schools.

Education officials said that this meant about 500,000 children would get an unscheduled week-long vacation in the first shutdown to strike the Russian capital since 1998.

"Even today, some classes are already missing half their students," an official with Moscow's health control service told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

"The situation in Moscow is relatively favorable compared to what it is in the other regions" of central Russia, Alexander Gavrilov said."

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