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Friday, 15 February, 2002, 09:08 GMT
Aids sweeps Russia

A Russian health official has warned that measures taken to curb the spread of Aids in Russia are proving ineffective.

The head of Russia's National Centre for the Fight Against AIDS, Vadim Pokrovsky, said unless more money was made available, Russia could develop a 30% infection rate - a figure recorded only in certain parts of Africa.

Mr Pokrovsky said 100,000 new cases of HIV, the virus that can lead to Aids, were officially registered in Russia last year, but he said the actual figure was closer to one million.

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