China quarantines 1.4 million after virulent new strain of bird flu kills ten

Written by by Staff Writer Russia’s Health Ministry has ordered the unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for an indefinite period from next March to tackle “the unusual emergence of disease among the elderly” caused…

China quarantines 1.4 million after virulent new strain of bird flu kills ten

Written by by Staff Writer

Russia’s Health Ministry has ordered the unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for an indefinite period from next March to tackle “the unusual emergence of disease among the elderly” caused by the outbreak of the highly contagious strain of polio-like virus.

The outbreak has become the country’s largest ever, with 47 cases and five deaths in the southwest “Situation Region” of Buryatia, the health ministry said.

The crisis is particularly severe among the retired generation, and those between 70 and 90, as people with weakened immune systems are more likely to succumb to the disease, the ministry said.

Unvaccinated children will continue to be barred from school until October. Unvaccinated young people and women are being discouraged from getting pregnant or are being advised to stop.

Flu-like symptoms have started to appear in five regions of Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, since last month, Russian authorities said.

Polio is one of several highly contagious viruses that infects the human body, mainly by causing temporary paralysis over a two-to-three-day period and is eradicated in most of the world, but is still known to occasionally emerge and cause serious cases in the United States and Europe.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization said there were 21 ongoing outbreaks of the measles virus around the world, and 13 had been reported this year.

Polio killed or paralyzed about 250,000 people a year on average in the 1950s, but the virus was eradicated by 1988 after a number of efforts and vaccination campaigns.

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