RSOE EDIS-Pandemic Monitoring System
Date/Time 02.06.2009 13:23:19 [UTC]
Status Confirmed infection
Infected (Susp.) 0
Infected (Conf.) 478000
The Health Ministry on Tuesday reported "with 99 percent certainty" its first case of H1N1 flu, a Ukrainian who had spent two years in the United
States. Oleksander Bilovol, first deputy health minister, said the case involved a 24-year-old man who had been living in the U.S. city of Detroit and
became ill after flying back to Ukraine last week. "On Saturday, specialists reported to me that the patient has A/H1N1 flu," Bilovol told a news
conference. "There is a 99 percent certainty that this is A/H1N1. Within two to three weeks we will get (further) results." He said the patient had
been in contact with more than 70 people who were now under observation. None had reported any flu symptoms.
Date: 05.11.2009 16:14:12
The death toll in Ukraine's flu outbreak continued to rise on Thursday. A total of 95 persons have died from flu-related symptoms since the disease
struck Ukraine's western provinces late last month, said Zinovy Mytnik, vice health minister. A total of 633,877 Ukrainians nationwide have
registered with health authorities as suffering from the flu, though some have recovered since the disease's late October outbreak, Mytnik said.
Ukraine's Ministry of Health on Wednesday gave a total of currently infected at some 470,000. The particularly virulent A/H1N1 flu strain, or swine
flu, was likely responsible for a significant proportion of the infections, based on laboratory testing thus far, Mytnik said, speaking at a Kiev
press conference. Since the beginning of the flu outbreak, Ukraine's Health Ministry had sent 31 samples from persons infected with flu to a British
laboratory to be checked for the presence of swine flu, of which 15 tested positive. A former Soviet republic, Ukraine lacks a modern public health
infrastructure and, since the beginning of the flu outbreak in late October, has seen severe shortages of even simple medical supplies such as
protective masks and flu remedies.
No Ukrainian laboratory is capable of testing for the presence of swine flu, Mytnik said. International medical assistance continued arriving in
Ukraine on Thursday, with European Union nations taking the lead. Top contributors were Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland - the last being the
first country to respond to a Ukrainian October 31 appeal for foreign aid, according to an Intefax report. EU-donated medical supplies en route or
already in Ukraine included protective masks, respiration equipment and surgical gloves. Emergency shipments of the swine flu treatment Tamiflu,
produced in Switzerland, first began arriving by cargo plane to Ukraine on Sunday. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on a visit to the
western city of Chernovtsy, near the epicentre of the flu outbreak, said government efforts to control the flu's spread were working. 'There is no
need to to invoke a national emergency,' she said. Tymoshenko's government has attempted to control the flu outbreak with the imposition of a
partial quarantine of eight western provinces most badly hit by the disease, a military-style mobilization of state-owned fabric and clothes factories
to mass-produce protective masks, and limits to allowable public gatherings. In the midst of a campaign for Ukraine's presidency, Tymoshenko has,
since the beginning of the flu outbreak, repeatedly attacked the private health industry, accusing drug manufacturers of inflating prices artificially
and pharmacists of hoarding medical supplies. A government consumer protection agency in Lviv, one of the worst-hit cities in the flu outbreak, on
Thursday filed a class-action suit against local health officials, accusing them of conspiring with private health suppliers to price-gouge consumers
of medical supplies.
Date: 05.11.2009 05:23:23
Ukraine's deadly flu outbreak widened on Wednesday, as government officials announced new emergency measures in an attempt to control the spread of
the illness. More than 478,000 people were registered with national health authorities as suffering from the flu, of whom 17 had confirmed cases of
swine flu, Health Ministry spokeswoman Lyudmila Luharska said. The nationwide death count from flu-related illnesses since late October stood at 86,
Luharska said at a Kiev press conference, according to the Ukrainska Pravda website. Flu infection was highest in Ukraine's western Lviv, Ternopil
and Ivano-Frankivsk provinces, where reports of flu to health authorities had doubled since the weekend, she said. Four deaths from the virulent swine
flu strain were confirmed as of Thursday, Luharska said.
One man who died of swine flu was a Kiev resident. A second person in the Ukrainian capital was suspected of having been infected with swine flu. The
Kiev swine flu death marked the first jump of swine flu from Ukraine's western provinces, where the flu outbreak has been concentrated so far, to
Kiev, Ukraine's largest metropolitan area. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said at a meeting that her government would enact more emergency measures
to control the disease's spread and to combat retail shortages of anti-flu drugs and protective anti-infection masks. Tymoshenko said the government
would prepare a plan "within a week" to establish a nationwide chain of state-run drug sales centres to combat what she called hoarding and
price-gouging by the private health industry.
The centres, each offering a limited assortment of some 100 basic anti-cold and flu drugs, would operate in government-run hospitals and clinics, and
sell medical supplies at a marginal price mark-up, Tymoshenko said. Tymoshenko also instructed Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko to obtain a "special
pandemic price" in negotiations with international drug companies for emergency deliveries of anti-flu drugs to Ukraine. Government textile and
clothes factories have received 1 million metres of gauze and cheesecloth from state reserves, Tymoshenko said,and emergency production of surgical
masks was beginning. Initial deliveries of cloth masks would reach the general public in seven days, "sufficient to provide every Ukrainian citizen
two masks," she said. Factories in Kharkiv and the hard-hit Lviv region would produce the masks, according to Ukrainian media reports. Tymoshenko on
Monday said that if necessary, her government would commit 6 million metres of gauze and cheesecloth to the emergency mask production programme.
Tymoshenko was scheduled to travel to the Lviv province, the epicentre of the flu outbreak, on Thursday afternoon, according to a Cabinet of Ministers