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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 care units. 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 International SOS 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]
Originally posted by Irinka
Hi to everybody. I am from Ukraine even i don't leave there now.. I want to make several notes. 1. Dont trust a word to what ukr. officials are saying. Whatever they say is lie. 2.In Kiev and eastern part of Ukraine most of people don't take this all serious and don't understand why they closed schools. This flue doesn't look different from other years. 3.People in Western ukraine are quite concerned even no major panic. I found a person from Ivano Frankivsk. He has conncetions in the local ambulance. He is saying officials are hiding real numbers. Only today over 70 people were put to hospitals. As a matter of fact his close friend who works in ambulance got to hospital yesterday. Many cases people die in just several days. When they make autopsy they see lungs are completely destroyed like after a long time pneumonia. Doctors don't know what is it. He also sent me instructions for the hospital employees. They are colecting all kinds of tests and send them to Kiev and never get results.. If you want details about these instructions I can translate. Treatment is same for everybody.. But strange thing some of the ill people don't have fever... There are rumours in that region that a burial of people on which was tested biological weapon during USSR was open. But its just rumours so far. What is obvious is that above some cities AN26 are flying and sometimes spraying smth. I even got a picture... But officials completely deny this...
[edit on 2-11-2009 by Irinka]
The office of Emergency Response in the district of Desniansko, Kiev, are tonight (30th Oct.) strongly refuting reports that light aircraft were spraying a substance over the city intended to counter a “swine flu pandemic” in Ukraine.