August 9, 2005

Russian bird ‘flu epidemic to fade in 15 days-WHO

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A bird 'flu epidemic in
Russian Siberia is subsiding and should disappear altogether in
10-15 days, a 'flu specialist with the World Health
Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

"Things are quieting down. The (epidemic) will vanish in
10-15 days," Oleg Kiselyov, head of a 'flu research institute
operating under the WHO's auspices, told reporters in Russia's
second city of St Petersburg.

"It won't spread further because of changing weather
conditions. It's never warm enough in Siberia in late August
... The measures undertaken have helped localize the outbreak."