Russia hit by infectious diseases

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:821

Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union are seeing a sharp increase in the incidence of infectious diseases as poverty and the breakdown of the communist health care system take their toll. Diphtheria and tuberculosis are the main threats, although the incidence of cholera and sexually transmitted diseases is also rising. According to figures from the State Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision, the overall incidence of infectious diseases rose by 180% in 1994. This was after a sharp 290% increase in the previous year.

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