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Russian swine flu deaths rise to 14 - ministry

MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) - Fourteen people have now died in Russia from swine flu, and 3,122 other cases have been confirmed as the A/H1N1 virus, the country's deputy health minister said on Tuesday.

The swine flu cases in Russia began growing considerably in October, traditionally the time for a seasonal flu outbreak. The country's first swine flu deaths were reported on October 27.

"So far, 3,122 A/H1N1 flu cases have been registered in Russia. Today, 1,200 are infected, and the rest have already recovered," Veronika Skvortsova said.

Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor earlier said 10 Russians had died of the pandemic virus as of November 1.

Russian Health Minister Tatyana Golikova earlier said the country planned to start a swine flu vaccination program on November 9, primarily in the regions that were severely hit by the H1N1 virus outbreak.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 5,700 people have died from swine flu worldwide, and the total number of officially confirmed cases has exceeded 440,000, as of October 25.



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