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Swine Flu Kills Two In Russia's Baikal Region

CHITA, Russia -- Russian chief health inspector Gennady Onishchenko says two people have died of swine flu in the southeastern Baikal region, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The two women had been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and both also had contracted pneumonia.

One of the women was pregnant and doctors were unable to save her fetus.

There have been 235 cases of swine flu registered in Baikal, which is in Siberia. Last week, authorities in the Baikal region decided to suspend the fall army draft because of the swine flu outbreak.

In Moscow, some 444 people are officially registered as having swine flu, and in Russia a total of 1,340.

Russian Influenza Research Institute Director Oleg Kiselev said last week that the official number of swine flu patients should be multiplied by 10 in order to get the real number.