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WHO Confirms 14 Swine-Flu Cases In Tajikistan


Tajik schoolchildren requested to wear face masks in order to prevent swine flu.

Tajik schoolchildren requested to wear face masks in order to prevent swine flu.

DUSHANBE -- A World Health Organization (WHO) official has said there are 14 swine-flu cases in Tajikistan, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Craig Hampton, a technical officer at WHO's Disaster Preparedness Response office in Dushanbe, told RFE/RL that no one in Tajikistan has died from swine flu.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Maysara Qurbonova told RFE/RL that 14 of the 225 samples tested were found to be swine-flu positive.

She said nine of the swine-flu patients are foreigners from China, India, and Russia and the remaining five -- which include two children -- are Tajiks living in Dushanbe.

Qurbonova added that all 14 swine-flu patients are getting medical treatment and some have already been released from the hospital.

Tajik authorities reported last week that a 32-year-old woman in the northern province of Khujand had died with swine-flu symptoms. But WHO officials in Dushanbe said today she did not die from swine flu.
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