Lisa Schnirring * Staff Writer

Nov 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said its team arrived in the Ukraine last night and met with the country’s health ministry today to discuss a dramatic spike in flulike illnesses and deaths, particularly in the western part of the country.

The Ukrainian health ministry has recorded more than 250,000 flulike illnesses, of which 235 patients needed treatment in intensive care units, the WHO said in a statement today. As of yesterday, 70 deaths had been reported.

The high level of illnesses activity and severe cases, combined with reports of hemorrhagic pneumonia cases, have raised some speculation that the virus might be behaving differently in the Ukraine, but further testing is just getting under way.

Laboratory testing at labs in the Ukraine have confirmed the pandemic H1N1 virus in samples taken from patients in two regions, the WHO said, adding that because the pandemic virus has become dominant throughout the world, most of the Ukrainian respiratory illnesses are probably caused by the novel H1N1 strain.

Though the highest illness rates have been seen in the western part of the country, illness activity is increasing rapidly in Kiev, the WHO reported.

The WHO’s field investigation team will start in the Lviv region, where the number of cases of severe respiratory illness has been especially high. Virologists from the WHO have started working with Ukrainian scientists at the National Influenza Centre and the Central Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, both in Kiev.

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Ukraine
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•  Swine Flu Mania In Kyiv (Link)
•  Swine flu reaches Kyiv, one death confirmed (Link)
•  Ukraine flu outbreak widens (Link)
•  Ukraine gripped by the A(H1N1) flu virus (Link)
•  Flu death toll in Ukraine reaches 81 – official (Link)
•  Two people with suspected swine flu symptoms hospitalized in Kyiv region, says governor (Link
•  Swine flu got to army (Link
•  Kyiv hits epidemic threshold (Link)
•  Forecast: Up to 12 million Ukrainians may be down with flu (Link)
•  Eighty-six people have died in Ukraine from flu and respiratory infections(Link)
•  Yushchenko slams Cabinet efforts in combating flu (Link)
•  Swine Flu Fears Spread From Ukraine To Afghanistan (Link)
•  Azerbaijan provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine to fight ‘swine flu'(Link)
•  Georgia to render humanitarian aid to Ukraine(Link)
•  President’s address to the Ukrainian people (Link)
•  Tymoshenko says all Ukrainians will be provided with gauze masks in a week (Link)
•  Ukraine leader attacks rivals over flu epidemic  (Link)
•  Ukraine flu outbreak worries EU neighbors  (Link)
•  Ukraine Is ‘Fragile,’ Needs Consensus for Recovery, IMF Says (Link)
•  WHO Country Office, Ukraine  (Link)
•  A vaccine of despair – that’s what Onishchenko called the swine flu shot (Link)
•  Ukraine Nurses, Patients Make Masks as Flu Spreads (Link)

 

Belarus
•  7 die of swine flu, 19 of acute pneumonia (Link)
•  Secret document: Belarusians die from pneumonia complicated by swine flu (Link)
•  Government will be forced to declare an epidemic of influenza in Minsk (Link)

Bulgaria
•  Bulgaria: Ukraine neighbor now also being ‘severely hit’
A(H1N1) Spills over Half of Bulgaria (Link)

Canada
•  Alberta probing why Calgary Flames scored H1N1 vaccine (Link)
•  Canada’s flu vaccine leftovers being sent overseas (Link)
•  Ontario: Pine Ridge Area resident dies from H1N1 (Link)
•  Newfoundland has 2nd death from H1N1 (Link)
•  3 more deaths in Ontario, likely H1N1(Link)
•  Alberta Health worker fired over Flames/H1N1 fiasco  (Link)

China
•  Mongolia’s A/H1N1 flu death toll rises to six (Link)

Finland
•  Second Swine Flu Fatality Confirmed in Finland (Link)
•  Spread of A/H1N1 flu speeding up in Finland (Link)

France
•  The circulation of influenza A (H1N1) in 2009 continues to intensify in all regions (Link)

India
•  Two swine flu deaths take toll to 477 (Link)
•  35 deaths in Pune’s Sassoon Hospital may be H1N1 variant (Link)
•  H (Link)

Nigeria
•  Avian Flu on the Rampage(Link)

Romania
•  New swine flu cases number 91 in 24 hours(Link)
•  Hospitals under quarantine to prevent spread of swine flu (Link)
•  Romanian health official resigns after saying 20,000 could die from swine flu  (Link)

Russia
•  Swine flu deaths rise to 14 – ministry (Link)
•  H (Link)

South Korea
•  South Korea swine flu toll rises to 45 (Link)
•  All Leave Cancelled for S. Korean soldiers (Link)
• Photo at link of soldiers in formation saluting with facemasks on(Link)

Tobago-Trinidad
•  Ministry: 210 swine flu cases, 5 deaths (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Weymouth school hit by swine flu as 50 pupils fall ill (Link)
•  Mum died thinking she had swine flu (Link)

United States
•  US: Proposed law would require pay for sick workers  (Link)
•  US: Achoo: Homland Security Officials Take On the Flu (Link)
•  US: Seasonal flu vaccine could run short, CDC says (Link)
•  CA: Swine-Flu Deaths Higher in the Elderly (Link)
•  IA: H1N1 confirmed in Iowa cat (Link)
•  IN: Commercial hogs with H1N1 (Link)
•  KY: Northern KY woman dies of swine flu  (Link)
•  OR: Family remembers son who died of H1N1 as ‘vibrant’  (Link)
•  RI: Uptick in flu cases reported (Link)
•  TX: U. TX Supercomputer helping to track H1N1 flu (Link)
•  IA: 4 more deaths in Iowa reported  (Link)
•  WA: 5th person in Spokane area to die of H1N1 (Link)
•  RI: Rhode Island DOH confirms woman’s death from H1N1 (Link)
•  FL: 5th death in St. Lucie County confirmed  (Link)
•  MN: 3 more deaths in Minnesota, plus one suspect ILI-death (Link)
• TX: Borderland/ El Paso lost 2 more to H1N1 (Link)
•  NJ: 20th death confirmed in New Jersey (Link)
•  NV: 2 more deaths confirmed last week (Link)
•  NM: 5 deaths from H1N1 confirmed in New Mexico in past week (Link)
•  LA: Louisiana reports 6 new deaths from H1N1, total now 30(Link)
•  CA: 2 more deaths in San Diego (Link)
•  OR up 84 hospitalizations and 3 deaths in one day (Link)
•  NH:Walgreen’s clerk refuses service due to flu (Link)
•  CA: 2 church members die in days near Yuba City  (Link)
•  H (Link)
•  H (Link)

Venezuela
•  Amazon Indian tribe hit by swine flu (Link)

General
•  Obesity is linked to swine flu complications (Link)
•  Flu dogma being rewritten by a strange virus no one pegged to trigger a pandemic(Link)

Commentary
•  Clusters of Hemorrhagic H1N1 Pneumonia in Ukraine (Link)
•  Reported Cases in Ukraine Double in Two Days (Link)

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