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No Swine Flu Infections in Russia - Health Ministry

GENEVA. May 19 (Interfax) - No "swine flu" infections have been registered in Russia. The situation is fully under control, Deputy Health and Social Development Minister Veronika Skvortsova has said.

"No infections with the A/H1N1 virus had been registered as of May 19," Skvortsova told the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday.

Russia has ample capabilities to control the virus and to prevent its spreading into the country, she said. "All passengers arriving from flu-affected countries are monitored to prevent the flu in Russia. Over 72,000 passengers of over 1,100 flights have been examined," she said.

Russia has deployed 76 express-diagnosis laboratories and five reference laboratories, the health official said.

Measures to prevent an epidemic are being monitored in all Russian regions, and medical centers are on standby to receive infected patients. A reserve of anti-viral medicines has been formed to deal with the A/H1N1 virus, Skvortsova said.

Russia's experience to counter the flu could be used by the international community, she said.