Sam Orez November 9th 2009

Ukraine continues to be in a panic about a deadly outbreak of influenza still not confirmed as H1N1 swine flu.

The disease contagion may be showing signs of diminishing. But accounts of young and otherwise healthy victims succumbing continue to circulate, contributing to heightened political tensions in a country that will face a general election on January 17, 2010. The virus has become a pivotal issue. Sentiment within the Central European nation increasingly holds that the country’s medical systems and political leaders were slow to react or inadequate in their response to the outbreak. More than 95 victims have died this year.

Signaling the importance given to a show of concern, in the middle of the night on November 3, Prime Minister Yuliya Timoshenko, the Ukrainian foreign minister and the president’s chief of staff gathered at Kiev’s airport to share solemn words about the arrival of a shipment of Tamiflu, a drug effective against swine flu.

Near panic broke out on October 30 as deaths from flu and respiratory infections increased, leading to the announcement of a flu epidemic. Tymoshenko introduced travel restrictions, closed all schools and universities and banned mass gatherings for at least three weeks, and conducted a live TV session on October 31 with her cabinet, health officials and regional officials. Some officials have had to publicly denied rumors that a plague is afoot in the Central European homeland.

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•  You Tube has a newsclip about the Ukrainian situation (Link)
•  Tymoshenko: Flu rate in Ukraine goes down (Link)
•  WHO studies A/H1N1 impact in Zhytomyr (Link)

•  Schools close due to increasing flu (Link)
•  11 Afghans Die of Swine Flu, Troops Suffering  (Link)

•  Experience from previous pandemics suggest H1N1 may not have peaked: experts (Link)
•  Edmonton Theatre department loses founding father (Link)
•  Wealthy hospital donors jump the H1N1 queue (Link)
•  5 deaths confirmed in past week in Newfoundland (Link
•  Alberta province confirms 5 more deaths, total now 25 (Link)
•  Quebec: Woman dies from swine flu after vaccination  (Link and link)

•  Chandigarh doctor contracts swine flu (Link)

•  3 deaths and tripling of cases in last few days (Link)

•  Inpress: Serbia may declare flu epidemic (Link)

United States
•  H1N1 exposes weak leave policies (Link)
•  Video: CBS Questioning CDC fatality reports  (Link)
•  AZ: Recent spike in H1N1 cases has parents, teachers worried (Link)
•  DE: Delaware officials report 4th confirmed death (Link)
•  HI: No pandemic plan till September (Link)
•  IA: Two Polk County deaths bring H1N1 state total to 16 (Link)
•  KY: Kentucky records 20th death from H1N1, young man 20s, no prior health conditiions (Link)
•  MA: Advocates see homeless as priority for H1N1 vaccine (Link)
•  MI: Kalamazoo County HD inundated with phone calls (Link)
•  MI: 6 new deaths, including 2 children, total deaths now 28 in Michigan (Link)
•  MI: more than 10% of Michigan deaths had asthma (Link)
•  NC: deaths from H1N1 for two pregnant women and 3 other people (Link)
•  OR: up 113 hospitalizations and 7 deaths in 3 days (Link)
•  OR: Swine flu pandemic makes school nurse’s job even busier (Link)
•  TX: 17th death confirmed in Dallas (Link)
•  WI: 1st death in Wisconsin’s Grant County confirmed (Link)

•  Flu outbreaks could put Internet on life support (Link)
•  “Supercourse” on Influenza A(H1N1) (Swine Flu): A Global Outbreak  (Link)

•  Recombinomics: Reported Ukraine Fatalities Increase To 155 (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Total Destruction of Lungs in Ukraine Fatal H1N1 Cases (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Over 2000 Health Care Workers Ill in Ukraine (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Reported Ukraine Cases Top One Million – 174 Fatalities (Link)
•  Recombinomics: WHO Silence on Ukraine Sequences Raises Pandemic Concerns (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Pneumonia Death of Belarus Doctor Near Ukraine Border (Link)