PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, November 2 (RIA Novosti) - The number of people confirmed as having the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, in Russia's Far East Kamchatka Territory has grown to 54, local health ministry spokesman said.
"Thirty-seven children and 17 adults have been confirmed as having swine flu in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Elizovsky district," the spokesman said, adding 32 people had light infections and 22 were in a moderately serious condition. Thirty-five people had been hospitalized, he said.
"We have enough medicine and places in hospitals," the spokesman added.
The first case of swine flu infection was registered in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on October 21, three days after an infected 11-year-old boy was hospitalized.
Five deaths from the H1N1 virus have been so far registered in Russia. Three fatalities were reported in the east Siberian city of Chita, one in Moscow, and another one in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region. The total number of officially confirmed swine flu cases in the country has reached almost 1,900.
Russia's chief sanitary official, Gennady Onishchenko, earlier said the swine flu cases began growing considerably in October, traditionally the time for a seasonal flu outbreak. The country plans to start a swine flu vaccination program in December.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 5,700 people have died from swine flu worldwide, and the total number of officially confirmed cases has exceeded 440,000, as of October 25.