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Kyrgyzstan Braces For Swine-Flu Outbreak


A woman wears a mask to protect herself against the flu in Bishkek.

A woman wears a mask to protect herself against the flu in Bishkek.

BISHKEK -- The official number of swine-flu cases in Kyrgyzstan has been put at 61, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Health Ministry spokesman Zuridin Nurmatov told RFE/RL that some 1 million surgical masks have been imported this month, adding that more than 2 million more masks will be made available through pharmacies.

Local experts estimate that about one-third of Kyrgyzstan's 5.5 million people will be infected by the H1N1 virus this season.
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