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KIEV, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - A total of 81 people have died of influenza-like diseases in Ukraine, the country's chief sanitary doctor Oleksandr Bilovol said on Wednesday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Tuesday 71 people have died of acute respiratory illness in the country. The health ministry said on Monday 255,000 flu cases had been reported in the country, with 15,000 receiving treatment in hospital.
"Over 478,000 people have fallen ill, 81 died," Bilovol said.
He said 14 confirmed swine flu cases have been registered in the country and three of them have been fatal.
About 12 million people, or a quarter of Ukraine's population, are expected to contract influenza-like diseases during the current outbreak.
"Up to 1% of them will be hospitalized, about 18,000 will be taken to intensive care," he said, without providing any forecast of fatalities.
President Viktor Yuschenko has requested help from other countries over the outbreak. The government has imposed quarantines in nine western provinces to curb the spread of swine flu, which originated in the Tirnopol Region.
All education establishments in the capital, Kiev, were closed on Monday until further notice due to the flu pandemic. Wearing medical masks has been a must in all catering places, shops and social services facilities across Ukraine since Friday.
MOSCOW, November 3 (Itar-Tass) -- The cold and flu rate in Moscow twice exceeds the epidemic level, the city department of the Federal Consumer Rights and Human Well Being Service said on Tuesday.
A total of 166,000 Muscovites, 105,700 of them children, contracted the infection over the past week. The sickness rate grew 57.2% as compared to the previous week or 2.6 times exceeded last year’s indicator. A total of 2,308 patients, among them 1,276 children, were hospitalized. Regular and A/H1N1 flu makes up 3.4% of all cases.
City residents are being inoculated against regular flu. As of November 2, the inoculation had been given to almost 1.7 million, including 848,100 children.
Originally posted by Aeons
About a third of the planet can be expected to catch it over the course of the various "waves."
Ukrainian President Yuschenko filed a criminal complaint with General Prosecutor associated with a recent political rally in Kiev, in the midst of a flu epidemic.
According to Yuschenko the epidemic started on October 20, when schools were quarantined in Ternopol city. However on October 24, Timoshenko's party organized a protest in Timoshenko's support in Kiev, where thousands of people were in attendance. Among the participants were those from the area where the epidemic started.
Yuschenko also blames the head sanitarian doctor of the country, and "politicians who in seeking political gain did not mind the danger". The President compared Timoshenko's rally to the infamous May Day Parade held in Kiev in 1986 after the Chernobyl accident.
Confirmed number deaths at this point is 81, while unconfirmed is 93.
As of this year, the WHO defines a pandemic as occurring “when an animal influenza virus to which most humans have no immunity acquires the ability to cause sustained chains of human-to-human transmission leading to community-wide outbreaks. Such a virus has the potential to spread worldwide, causing a pandemic.”
Dr. Gross says the new definition could lead to false alarms and that “any minor change, any minor drift could be considered a pandemic.”
GENEVA -- Britain, Japan and other nations urged the World Health Organization today to change the way it decides to declare a pandemic -- saying the agency must consider how deadly the virus is, not just how fast it is spreading.
The debate arose as WHO began its annual meeting, a five-day event attended by hundreds of health experts from the agency's 193 member nations. Swine flu is expected to dominate this year's conference -- and WHO must consider whether it should raise its alert level or tell manufacturers to begin making a specific swine flu vaccine.
WHO's current system focuses on how widespread the disease has become without regard to its severity. Some member nations are anxious to avoid having the agency declare a swine flu pandemic because the ramifications of that scientific decision could be very costly and politically charged.
Originally posted by JustMike
reply to post by JJay55
I see the point in your opening question, but as there are doubtless already thousands who've left (including by planes, which have all been full -- and yes, they are still flying in out), then his leaving at this stage will make scant difference, really. Even the WHO's experts said that containment is not possible now.
Originally posted by JustMike
We have grandchildren here in Prague.
Originally posted by pwrthtbe
There is now actually a US Source that quotes the Head Sanitary Inspector as well.
The country's head sanitary inspector today, in a television interview, denied that the country was experiencing an outbreak of pandemic flu and said only 14 cases had been confirmed, including three deaths, according to another UNIAN report today.
[edit on 11/4/2009 by pwrthtbe]
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said in an urgent address to the nation today that the country’s flu outbreak is “unique” because three flu strains are spreading at the same time. That increases the risk of mutations of the viruses into a new strain, he said, citing unnamed domestic and foreign experts. The World Health Organization sent a team of scientists and advisers to Ukraine this week to investigate the outbreak.
The country’s Council for National Security and Defense is taking over management of the epidemic now, Yushchenko said, adding that the government has failed to control the spread of illness from the western Ternopil region.