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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flu Spreads in Irkutsk

MOSCOW -- The eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk is taking urgent steps to contain the spread of influenza as the number of cases there reaches more than 8,000, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

Among the city's 640,000 inhabitants, 13 in every 1,000 have the flu and the city authorities fear Irkutsk faces a serious epidemic.

The authorities have imposed a temporary ban on all large indoor gatherings and have boosted medical teams in hospitals. A total of 160 people, including 121 children are in the hospital with the flu, the report said.