MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) - The death toll of the swine flu pandemic in Russia has risen to at least 10, the country's consumer rights watchdog said on its website on Tuesday.
"Russia has so far registered 10 deaths from the pandemic H1N1 virus, complicated by pneumonia, among people aged 20-53, including eight in the Trans-Baikal Territory, one in Moscow and another one - in the Krasnoyarsk Territory," Rospotrebnadzor said.
According to the agency, all of the sick patients were late to report their illnesses as they sought medical attention 3-5 days after feeling the first symptoms of the disease, when the swine flu virus had already led to complications in the form of pneumonia and toxic shock.
The most threatening situation with swine flu has been monitored in Russia's Far East, Siberia and Moscow, Rospotrebnadzor said.
The swine flu cases in Russia began growing considerably in October, traditionally the time for a seasonal flu outbreak. The total number of officially confirmed swine flu cases in the country has reached almost 2,000.
Russian Health Minister Tatyana Golikova earlier said the country planned to start a swine flu vaccination program on November 9, primarily in the regions that were severely hit by the H1N1 virus outbreak.