(The flu community is watching the region of Ukraine, where H1N1 has explosed it seems over night. WHO denies reports of  the situation, but reports are coming in that say otherwise. -cottontop)


•  Ukraine Bans Crowds to Combat Swine Flu (Link)
•  Sixty-seven people die of flu in Ukraine (Link)
•  Ukraine Mystery Outbreak Sparks WHO Concern(Link)
•  WHO Sees No Outbreak Of Swine Flu in Ukraine (Link)
•  Only yesterday Ukrainians were not concerned with swine flu pandemic – telephone survey results (Link)
•  RSOE EDIS SITUATION UPDATE : 2009-11-01 03:03:33 – Ukraine (Link) ‘Ukraine’s swine flu epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate. The number of deaths has risen to nearly 50.

President Viktor Yushchenko made the announcement, having put the number of victims at 11 just 24 hours earlier. The latest figures suggest 150,000 are sick with H1N1. Schools, universities and playgroups have been closed for the next three weeks. Mass gatherings have also been banned. Panic buying of masks and flu remedies is sweeping the country according to local media reports.

The government also announced an emergency package of 40 million euros to go towards anti-swine flu measures. One woman queuing for medicine said: “What can I say? There is no medicine in the chemists. How come nobody prepared for this epidemic? Children are sick. The elderly are sick. There are no masks, not even basic pills. People are queuing and waiting for supplies to come, but nobody knows if they will come or not.” The price of flu medicines rose by as much as 300 per cent in Ukraine during the previous bird flu outbreak.’

•  Ukraine asks NATO for help (Link)
•  Promed mail, the Ukraine and H1N1 (Link)

(and from a vetern poster at Flu Wiki, DennisC)


I am sorry to post this in the news, but I could not find a current “rumor” thread.   
I have a Ukrainian exchange student living here this year who is in constant touch with friends back home (via email and Skype phones).She says that all her friends are at home and all the schools in her region (Ternopil) are closed.  People are staying home and are afraid to go outside. People are wearing masks (which is new to them). There are many rumors flying around that the numbers reported by the press are not as large as they should be.  (of course that is always the case).  

The onset seems to be from healthy to the hospital within 48 hours.  Pneunomia is a common complication. It seems to be hitting younger and not older people (<40). It seems to me more common in the Western part of the country and small towns where there is less medical help.  Many are sick but have not access to medical help in the rual areas.  Poland is limiting access into it from the Ukraine.

•  1st death confirmed (Link)

•  1st death in the country from H1N1 confirmed (Link)

•  Canada: The victims of H1N1 (Link)
•  Thunder Bay, Ontario confirms 2 more deaths  (Link)
•  H1N1 killed Quebecois woman (Link)
•  School-aged Yukon girl first in territory to die after getting the H1N1 flu (Link)

•  Ministry warns of new round of A/H1N1 influenza outbreak (Link)
•  Mainland reports 7th H1N1 flu death (Link)

•  6th death case of A/H1N1 flu (Link)

•  3rd H1N1 death confirmed in Chandigarh and 2 more cases confirmed, includes a doctor  (Link)

•  Jordan confirms two more deaths, 6th and 7th in kingdom (Link)

•  2 more schools close ‘one day’ as H1N1 causing widespread illness (Link)

•  Swine flu shuts borders and imposes emergency alerts (Link)
•  Hospitals quarantined due to new flu rampant outbreak (Link)

•  Swine flu kills 10 in Russia (Link)

South Korea
•  Government will go to Red Alert level  (Link)

•  Death toll from H1N1 flu in Turkey rises to nine (Link)

•  2 deaths in Ashgabat suspected from H1N1 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Scotland’s hospitals admitted 49 under-fives this past week  (Link)
•  Swine flu ‘hotspots’ return amid mounting workload fears (Link)
•  Mother dies of swine flu after doctors save premature baby with emergency deliver(Link)
•  30th swine flu-related Scot death (Link)

United States
•  Pneumonia vaccine could save money in flu pandemic (Link)
•  Kellog blasts for claims that Cocoa Crisps boost kids’ immunity  (Link)
•  Swine flu shot safety monitored by new group  (Link)
•  USDA finds pandemic H1N1 in Indiana commercial swine (Link)
•  AL: Former Miami Heat center Alan Ogg has died of probable H1N1 complications  (Link)
•  AZ: school teacher died from H1N1  (Link)
•  CA: Sacramento County health officials calls for emergency declaration  (Link)
•  CA: Sacramento County Declares State Of Emergency (Link)
•  CA: Nurses win bargaining unit concessions on H1N1 (Link)
•  GA: Some students at Harmony Elementary still sick after possible stomach flu outbreak (Link)
•  IN: Indiana woman had H1N1, 1st Jackson County death, woman, 52 y.o. (Link)
•  KS: Two H1N1 deaths reported  (Link)
•  MI: H1N1 flu virus kills 16 people in Michigan, hospitalizes 396 (Link)
•  MI: Red Wings flu back to Detroit with unwelcome passengers  (Link)
•  NE:Library Manager Dies From H1N1 Complications (Link)
•  NM: Albuquerque boy dies of H1N1 (Link)
•  NY: Warren County confirmed death of 40 yr old woman  (Link)
•  NY: Albany young person died of H1N1 complications (Link)
•  OR: Prospective teacher dies from swine flu complications  (Link)
•  RI: Skyla Reposa-Alves, 12, died with flu-like illness (Link)
•  TX: El Paso baby has perished from H1N1  (Link)
•  WA: Will I catch the flu on a bus? (Link)
•  WA: Spokane woman died of H1N1, 6th death in Spokane County  (Link)
•  WA: 4 confirmed cases of H1N1 in San Juan County, but student absenteeism is growing (Link)

•  Vietnam reports bird flu outbreak among poultry (Link)

World and General News
•  Boost Your Flu IQ: Your Questions Answered NPR (Link)