Health Ministry confirms 174 deaths from flu, acute respiratory viral infections

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Nov. 10, 2009, 10:29 a.m. | Ukraine — by Ukrainian News
Flu and acute respiratory viral infections had killed 174 people in 18 regions, the city of Kyiv and Crimea by Nov. 9, according to Health Ministry. Out of 174, in particular, 74 people died in Lviv region, 25 in Ivano-Frankivsk region, 18 in Ternopil region, 17 in Chernivtsi region, 7 in Khmelnytskyi region, 4 in Volyn, 6 in Rivne regions, 4 in Kyiv region, 2 in Zakarpattia region, 3 in Vinnytsia region, 3 in the city of Kyiv, 1 in Crimea, Donetsk, Odesa, Kherson and Cherkasy regions each.

Flu and acute respiratory viral infections have struck 1, 031, 597 people since Oct. 29, including 52, 742 taken to hospital. The Health Ministry has registered that 68, 223 people have contracted flu and acute respiratory viral infections in Kyiv.
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Anonymous Nov. 10, 2009, 1:04 p.m.    

And prey tell what is the socio demographic of those that have died? How many would have died as a result of the common annual flu? What is the normal statistics for flu infections in Ukraine? Questions the media should be addressing.

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Anonymous Nov. 10, 2009, 1:09 p.m.    

"Influenza spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands worldwide annually, and millions in pandemic years. On average 41,400 people died each year in the United States between 1979 and 2001 from influenza.[7]"

Ukraine has a long way to go before it reaches US levels

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Anonymous Nov. 10, 2009, 1:33 p.m.    

Yes, there is flu in Ukraine! Like the years before! The number of victims who unfortunately died is low, not high! Please compare with the statistics of Germany in the last twenty years (between 200 and 3000 each year in a very conservative estimation).

The only difference to last years epidemics is: Ukraine has presidential elections and there is nothing good to promise to the people. Thats why the incumbents need a national katastrophy which they can fight. Nice PR for politicians who can not find a way out of the economical crisis!

Besides, I would not be astonished, if some international pharmaceutical companies appear on the sponsoring lists for election campaigns...

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