[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
LANGUAGES
Russian
Polish
Albanian
Greek
Serbian
Turkish
More
Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 17:05 GMT
Flu outbreak strikes Georgia
Tbilisi
Hundreds of people are ill
The Georgian capital, Tbilisi, is in a grip of a flu outbreak which has left at least two people dead.

All schools in the city have been closed until the end of the month.

Nearly 1,000 people are said to have sought emergency medical treatment.

The flu outbreak, involving the Moscow-99 strain of the virus, is expected to reach its peak later this week.

Georgian Health Minister Amiran Gamkrelidze said he had given the order to close schools because attendance was being severely disrupted by the outbreak.

One head teacher, Shota Malazonia, said more than 300 of his 1,050 pupils had been absent on a single day.

An 11-year-old boy is one of the reported victims. A woman aged 52 has also died.

Some reports say the levels of illness are 10 times higher than the official figures.

Colleges and nurseries have remained open despite the flu outbreak.



LINKS TO MORE EUROPE STORIES


 

SEE ALSO:
Flu: a plague in history
26 Oct 00 |  Health
Secrets of killer flu unearthed
19 Nov 99 |  Health



PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific