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The situation is quickly changing with increasingly high levels of acute respiratory illness (ARI)/Influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity being observed in Ternopil, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Chernivtsi regions. The higher levels of transmission in these regions corresponds to an increased number of hospital admissions and fatalities associated with severe manifestations of acute respiratory illness. As of 30 October 2009, over 2,300 individuals have been admitted to hospital, including over 1,100 children. One hundred and thirty one (131) cases have required intensive care, including 32 children. As of 31 October 2009, a total of 38 fatalities associated with severe manifestations of ARI have been registered. Preliminary epidemiological data analysis indicates that severe cases and deaths primarily occur among previously healthy young adults aged 20 – 50 years. Fatal and severe cases are reported to have sought medical attention 5 to 7 days after onset of symptoms
Originally posted by TheCoffinman
reply to post by Nuupio
the numbers they give are so disproportianate to the statements they are making... its like saying, "omg there has been a horrible massacre here. 3 people were punched in the face... omg!!! death and destruction everywhere.." im trusting ukrainian blogs, news and our folks here on the ground. to hell with the "officials"
The flu virus, now that we've understood it better, looks more and more alien all the time. In fact, some reputable scientists have theorized that it may be from out there, so strange that it might have ridden in on a comet's tail, or hidden in the core of an ancient meteorite. You could regard the flu as the organism at the top of our predator prey food chain -- that lofty seat we like to think we hold may be surpassed by a tinier viral chair.
When it wants to be nice to us, the flu is a miserable but mild illness. Endemic in birds, pigs, and humans, it tailors itself to each but occasionally mixes and creates hybrid forms. When it's at its worst, the living beings it infests explode from within, cell by cell, sometimes so quickly they literally appear to melt. When birds fall out of the air and explode, as was reported in China a few years ago, the flu may be the reason. It hits them fast, they die on the wing, and their structure is so softened by sudden cellular collapse that they splatter when they hit the ground.
INFLUENZA PANDEMIC (H1N1) 2009 (81): UKRAINE, CONFIRMED
A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Sun 1 Nov 2009
From: Irene Lai
The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has released the following
information (in Ukrainian) on its website
. Some cases of influenza-like
illness (ILI) and at least one death have been confirmed as due to
influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection.
Currently, there are or have been about 1000 people admitted to
hospitals. (It is unclear from the report whether these numbers are
current or cumulative). More than 100 are being treated in intensive
There are restrictions on large gatherings. Schools and entertainment
establishments have been closed for 3 weeks.
Another Ministry report (in Ukrainian
) states that as
of Fri 30 Oct 2009, there are over 80 000 suspected cases and 33 deaths.
The report describes 3 features of the outbreak: (1) Complicated
courses in pregnant women, people of working age, children, and the
elderly (but not as many), and people with cardiovascular and
respiratory disease, diabetes, immune deficiency, obesity etc.; (2)
Rapid spread; (3) In some cases, a viral pneumonia with rapid
progression that is difficult to treat.
Dr Irene Lai MB BS
Level 5 Challis House 4 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
[ProMED-mail thanks Irene Lai for providing these translations. It is
clear that the outbreak has all the characteristics of influenza
pandemic A(H1N1) 2009 virus infection, although a precise diagnosis
has been established only in very few cases. For whatever reason, the
Ukrainian authorities seem reluctant to reach this conclusion.
The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Ukraine can be accessed
at: . - Mod.CP]
Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (80): Ukraine susp. RFI 20091031.3764]
Originally posted by paxnatus
reply to post by JJay55
I think you should know that the N95 mask will not offer much protection against this, the virus particles are too small and they will get through.
Originally posted by ahemot
Ukraine's president's desperate plea for help: EU, NATO, USA, Russia, Hungary, Belorus, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia please help us as soon as possible, we can not fight this infection alone, the survival of the Ukrainian nation is under danger, our people are dieing!
Comment: What strikes me most, is the total SILENCE of Western mass-media.
[edit on 1-11-2009 by ahemot]
01.11.2009, 17.52 KIEV, November 1 (Itar-Tass)
The epidemic situation in Ukraine “has assumed a threatening and unpredictable nature and is a threat to national security”, says a decree of October 31 by President Viktor Yushchenko, published on Sunday. The decree enacts a decision of the National Security and Defence Council on measures to fight the new flu (A/N1N1).
In the opinion of the Security Council, “the Ministry of Health and local bodies of executive power showed insufficient readiness to ensure treatment of patients”.
In this connection, the government was instructed to create reserves of medical equipment and anti-virus preparations, to strengthen anti-epidemic regime in places frequented by people, to restrict mass events and to involve the Defence Ministry and the Ministry for Emergencies to render medical aid to population.
The Health Ministry is to inform the Security Council secretary of the situation daily. The Defence Ministry was instructed to organise a check-up of population in the countryside with mobile teams from hospitals.
The Foreign Ministry addressed the WHO, NATO and the EU to help in overcoming aftermaths of the spreading infection.
Incidentally, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine to fight the flu epidemic, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
Fifty-three people, including a child and two pregnant women, have died of cold and flu in Ukraine, the Health Ministry said.
In all, the country’s cold and flu rate amounts to 185,000, including 9,400 cases of flu. The number of A/H1N1 flu cases is unknown.
The situation is the worst in the Lvov region, where about 70,000 people have cold and flu. The cold and flu rate is also high in the Ternopol, Ivano-Frankovsk and Chernovtsy regions.
Four doctors died of flu in Ukraine’s Ternopol and Lvov regions, Health Minister Vasily Knyazevich said at the Sunday meeting of the operative headquarters for the prevention and treatment of A/H1N1 flu.
Ukraine enacted border crossing rules because of the A/H1N1 flu outbreak, Timoshenko said.
An international delegation of experts will come to Ukraine on November 2 for helping resolve the cold and flu problem.
The trigger for the lung inflammation remains an enigma, despite official denials, rumors hold that there spreading pneumonic plague.
Originally posted by Asherah
reply to post by dreamseeker
My husband won't hear it. I can't discuss anything flu related with him. He just wants to bury his head in the sand and ignore it, hoping it's all going to go away if he does. This is how he has always dealt with things that truly worry him.