Skip to comments.SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm)
Posted on 10/30/2009 4:42:41 AM PDT by Uncle Ike
SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm) MIGnews.com.ua
Ministry of Health has not established the exact diagnosis of the epidemic disease in the western regions of Ukraine. Health Minister Vasyl Knyazevich has given information about spread of diseases in the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions today at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers.
According to the Minister, the World Health Organization is ready to render assistance to Ukrainian experts and the Ministry of Health in order to establish the cause of death and development of disease flu in the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions.
"We are working at receiving the vaccine against influenza A (H1N1) also", - said Vasily Knyazevich and asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to render assistance.
Answering question of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko about the definition of the specific nature of the disease, the head of the Ministry of Health said: "The nature of infections is viral one. But at the moment it is not defined, is it the Californian influenza H1N1, or it is our seasonal influenza. To date, there is no precise diagnosis."
According to the Minister of Health, to date, 12 adults have died in the Ternopil Region. "There are problems, people of working age 20-45 years are sick, there is a problem with pregnant women (we have the death in the Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil Regions), 17 patients remain in the grave condition, 4 of them have artificial pulmonary ventilation", - said Vasily Knyazevych.
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"As a reminder, yesterday, on October 28 flu epidemic in the Ternopil Region, which had appeared a week ago, mowed down nearly 10,000 of residents. Moreover - unknown virus has already killed seven people. Ministry of Health has confirmed 20 deaths from pneumonia in Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions. By Yulia Makoveeva, MIGnews.com.ua"
Those former USSR bio-engineers just can’t contain their research is it? Listen, their bugs are loose!!!!
05:39 p.m. Doctors are calling on citizens not to vaccinate against influenza, because such vaccination in the midst of the epidemic may injure the health, coordinator of epidemic influenza in Lviv Miron Borysevich claimed at a press conference, proUA.com reports.
“When an outbreak of influenza begins, nobody is being vaccinated. From the point of view of epidemiology this can not be done because it is harmful. It may harm the patient,” - he said.
Not good at all.
Makes sense since you don't know if you've been infected until you have full blown symptoms and you might get a double whammy with a live vaccine of a different strain.
“Doctors are calling on citizens not to vaccinate against influenza,”
Is this based on medical reasoning or some bureaucrats screw up that’s causing a shortage or a complete lack of vaccine? In government run health care, political expedience trumps public health every time.
The globull pres_ent’s fault.
Didn’t they halt vaccinations for seasonal flu in British Columbia a few weeks ago because they had some research that said a seasonal flu vaccine made one more susceptible to H1N1?
I have a 2nd cousin who communicates with family in the Ukraine. Just emailed this article to her as an FYI.
Thanks for posting it!
And then you become a living petri dish potentially capable of making a worse disease.
The vaccination takes three weeks to be effective.
How soon is zero going to send them a brazillion dollars to fix it?
Also, Keep up with other H1N1 update stories on this thread: H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread] thanks to DvdMom and others.
A vaccine causes the immune system to ramp up, then immediately after those effects, the immune system is at a little lower strength for a few days.
Thanks for the ping!
Ministry of Health plans to declare a quarantine on the entire territory of Ukraine
Ministry of Health is planning to declare a quarantine on the entire territory of Ukraine. This was at a press conference today said Health Minister Vasyl Knyazevych.
The Minister confirmed that Ukraine has recorded epidemic of highly influenza A/H1N1.
Unfortunately, we must note that in Ukraine actually started the epidemic of influenza in California, - he said.
According to him, in two laboratories confirmed the diagnosis - recorded 11 cases of 33 samples.
We consider the possibility of declaring a quarantine, not only in the western areas, but also throughout the country, as the virus spreads very quickly, - said V. Knyazevych.
As reported with reference to the data of the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Health, thirty people, including one child who died in the Ukraine as a result of acute respiratory infections during the period from October 19.
According to the Ministry of Health, in the Lviv region - 12 victims, including one child, in the Ternopil - 12, in Ivano-Frankivsk 6 people died.
In addition, according to the media, victims also Chernivtsi, Rivne and Transcarpathian regions - just 34 people died.
The doctors admit that the cause of death - the rapid development of SARS. At the same time, do not exclude the possibility of influenza virus A/H1N1.
Earlier in Ukraine have been officially confirmed 2 cases of highly flu. June 5, 2009 the laboratory in London confirmed the disease of influenza A/H1N1 among Ukrainians, who arrived from Paris. Before that he lived in Detroit (USA), worked as a salesman in a grocery store. After treatment, the patient went home in Chernivtsi. In addition, in late September, a man who came from the Kirovograd region Kiev and was hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia, confirmed ownership of the isolated strains of influenza virus of type A/N1N1.
China has been having cases as well.