G'day ATS, I was going to post this in the super-massive Ukranian Flu thread but I believe no one would read it as that one is sooo large! I just
thought I'd put this in a new one to inform you all of this possible explanation to what for a while looked like the real thing!
I guess a little background is in order in case any of you have been living under a rock (i.e. not a member of ATS, bad bad people) and don't know
what I'm talking about!
On the 30th October member asen_y2k
posted the thread Number of victims to unknown
virus growing! State of emergency to be imposed in Ukraine?
in the Breaking News Forum regarding reports of a possible mutated form of H1N1 in
the Lviv Region of the Ukraine.
Go to that thread for the story, and to check out what ensued.
I will tell you however that the thread has "Replies: 4799 Flags: (403)" which will tell you all you need to know about the situation.
I checked out the last page and it seems to me that the general consensus was that there probably wasn't a killer virus, and the media blew it out of
I found this from the 30th of November and it may go some way to explaining the entire crisis!
Ukraine's Phantom Swine Flu
The global swine flu outbreak has become something of a political football in every country where the pandemic has spread, but Ukraine's response
to the virus has achieved a new level of blatant politicization. According to a campaign advisor to Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian prime minister and
presidential candidate purposely inflated fears of an ongoing swine-flu epidemic to aid her presidential run.
"We had to create a phantom and then have a white knight riding in to save the day," Taras Berezovets, a senior campaign advisor for
Tymoshenko's BYuT bloc, told me in a Kiev restaurant, confirming widespread suspicions among Ukrainian journalists.
Since October, Ukraine has been in the grips of a full-blown panic over swine flu, complete with quarantines, school closures, runs on pharmacies. The
Ukrainian health system, already badly dilapidated, was caught off guard and almost 400 people died of the flu in just three weeks.
Tymoshenko flew into action, organizing a delivery of the antiviral drug Tamiflu — and the requisite press conference — at the Kiev airport in the
early morning hours of Nov. 2. She quarantined nine regions of the country, closed all schools and universities, and petitioned the president for $125
million in emergency funds to fight what seemed to be "the plague of the 21st-century plague," as one Ukrainian put it. Incidentally, she also
banned all mass gatherings and political rallies — after she had already had hers.
So it seems this was all about the election in February.
I find the fact that Tymoshenko banned political rallies after she had hers very telling. I'd imagine that November to January are bitter months in
the Ukraine weather wise, so what with the ban, the adverse weather and Tymoshenko's decisive actions during this crisis, I'm sure she'll win the
I'm not saying that the Ukraine didn't get exposed to swine flu, or that they didn't have fatalities. However it seems very likely that the
exaggeration by the Ukrainian Government and Politicians was simply a ploy to present Tymoshenko as a saviour.
It would explain a few things which are odd:
-Why we haven't heard ANYTHING since Early November
-Why the UN said the Ukrainian strain wasn't any worse than normal H1N1
-Why the Ukrainian strain didn't spread as predicted
-Why there was so much confusion and many conflicting reports
Apologies to all those who think I should have just posted this in the ATS Big thread given above.
I just thought that this theory would reach more people this way!
All the best ATS, Kiwifoot!