More Than A Million Infected In Ukraine Flu Epidemic

by Thilaka Ravi on  November 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM General Health News
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Ukraine's epidemic of flu and acute respiratory disorders has now affected more than a million people, said the country's deputy health minister on Tuesday.
More Than A Million Infected In Ukraine Flu Epidemic
More Than A Million Infected In Ukraine Flu Epidemic

Vasyl Lazoryshynets said the death toll from the epidemic had risen to 174, as President Viktor Yushchenko warned the country must brace itself for a second wave of infections.

Nearly 53,000 Ukrainians have now been hospitalised, Lazoryshynets said, but the number in intensive care has fallen by nearly a quarter to around 330.

A total of 67 cases of swine flu have been reported in Ukraine, he said, 14 of which had been fatal.

"Ukraine must prepare properly for a second wave of respiratory infections and flu," including A(H1N1), Yushchenko said Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) team in Ukraine said on Monday the epidemic had slowed, but warned a second wave was likely.

On Monday the health ministry's previous bulletin on the epidemic, which began in mid-October, reported 969,000 infections, with 155 deaths and 65 cases of A(H1N1).

Source: AFP
THK

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