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Belarus expecting more H1N1 in 2010, compared to 2009

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    In Belarus, expect an epidemic of H1N1 influenza


    In 2010 Belarus is expected to more colds than in 2009. Now last week in Minsk, there are nearly 24 thousand cases (20 thousand - in 2009). Doctors believe that the peak will occur in early 2011 and will prevail in the influenza virus H1N1. This is related by the head of the epidemiological department of the Minsk City Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology Elena Fisenko.

    "This year, the incidence is much higher compared to last year and multiyear averages. Therefore, we say that this year should be actively immunized. We now have a weekly recorded about 23-24 thousand cases. The incidence rate per day is about 4,5-5 thousands on weekdays, Saturday and Sunday has traditionally drawn far fewer people. This relatively high level for this time of year. Usually at this time the number of cases is about 4 thousand per day "- said Elena Fisenko, transmits "European Radio for Belarus" .

    According to him, while the classic viral infections, SARS. Flu will get sick in November. "While this is not the flu, and SARS, but these revitalization of respiratory viruses suggests that influenza may behave as aggressively when the season starts the incidence of influenza, which traditionally begins in November" - Helen added Fisenko.

    The peak of the epidemic rise in the incidence experts predict a traditional time for Belarus - January-February. It is not excluded that the small spikes can be formed as early as November. Elena Fisenko reported that during the peak incidence in November 2009, ill with flu and colds 170 thousand residents of Minsk.

    "Today, of course, the first and most urgent recommendation - is vaccination. Because it is projected that will prevail in the influenza virus H1N1, which was last year. All vaccines that are present at this year's market, just contain, including, this strain of influenza virus. That is, they protect against disease without a doubt. If for some reason can not make a vaccine, we can already begin the course on preventive antiviral preparation "- recommends a specialist.

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