MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - A 53-year-old woman has died of swine flu in a Moscow hospital, bringing Russia's fatalities from the new A/H1N1 virus to four people, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, citing local health authorities, the ministry reported three fatal cases in Russia, all in the eastern Siberian Transbaikal region on the border with China.
"We have just received this report [of a death] from the Moscow health department," a ministry official said.
Two of the victims who died earlier were a 29-year-old pregnant woman and a 50-year-old woman. Doctors were unable to save the pregnant woman's baby, authorities said.
The ministry said the three people had been hospitalized three or five days after feeling unwell.
"On the sixth or seventh day, their condition worsened suddenly, with pneumonia and respiratory failure observed in the patients," the ministry said in a news release.
A total of 1,349 swine flu cases were confirmed across Russia as of October 27. The outbreak of the new strain of the influenza was first reported in Mexico in April 2009 and has since spread worldwide.
Russia plans to start a swine flu vaccination program in December. Ten million people - medical staff, employees at electric power and water treatment plants and other facilities - will be initially inoculated against the flu. Another 30 million will be vaccinated if the virus spreads.
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