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Oct. 30, 2009, 2:06 p.m. |

Ukrainian government imposes quarantine in nine western regions

Ukraine suffered its first death from swine flu, as the government declared a massive quarantine and control effort to head off a possible epidemic, the Interfax news agency reported. The victim was a man living in Ukraine's western Lviv region, said Health Ministry spokesman Roman Pavliv. The government announcement one week after reports surfaced of as many as 30 deaths potentially caused by swine flu, all in Ukraine's western provinces.

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The Health Minister currently was monitoring 22 persons in the region showing swine flu symptoms, of which one had been confirmed as suffering from full-blown swine flu, according to the report.

"Unfortunately, we can state that there is in fact a swine flu epidemic in the country," said Vasyl Kniazhevych, Ukraine's Health Minister, at a Kyiv press conference. "We have a lot of work to do."

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko ordered a massive and for Ukraine unprecedented disease-control program to go into effect immediately in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.

Schools nationwide will close for three weeks, and "all mass gatherings will be forbidden," Tymoshenko said, in comments reported by Channel 5 television.

The bans would come at the height of Ukraine's football season and autumn school semester. They would hinder much political campaigning planned by candidates in the January presidential elections.

A "full quarantine" will be imposed in nine of Ukraine's western provinces, with police monitoring the entrance and exit of all persons, she said. It will block those lacking justification for travel.

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2009, 3:24 p.m.    

INFORMATION NEEDS TO REACH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES TO INFORM STUDENTS ABOUT THESE RESTRICTIONS ENFORCED.

ALL SCHOOLS CLOSE IN 1 HOUR AND NO ONE KNOWS NOTHING AS THEY DO NOT SEE TV IN SCHOOLS OR UNIVERSITIES - AND SOME HAVE EVEN CLOSED FOR WEEKEND. WE LOOK AT LOTS OF KIDS AND YOUNGSTERS GOING TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY TO BE TURNED HOME AGAIN - EXPOSING THEMSELVES FOR FURTHER RISKS AS SOME TRAVELS BETWEEN REGIONS TO REACH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES.

MASSIVE INFORMATION STRATEGY IS MISSING TO REACH THOSE TO BE AFECTED BY THIS.

NEWS ON INTERNET AND TV IS JUST NOT ENOUGH.......

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2009, 11:49 p.m.    

please, we do need a help! Ukraine's people are in panic!

our level of medical care is of so low level that cannot even provide a normal diagnosis of illness. Drug stores are in a lack of medicines. Death cases are growing rapidly, like nowhere in the world.

How long would it last?

What should we wait for?

Hoping for a help from politicians or businessmen is purposeless...

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2009, 4:49 a.m.    

I am reading that Vitamin D and Elderberry extract are providing a lot of support to those with flu. Stay warm and rest.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2009, 4:55 a.m.    

Also am reading this:

A viral infection in Ukraine has taken the lives of 30 people and at first it seemed like an ordinary flu but after a week the symptoms became worse.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports 40,000 Ukrainians have contracted the disease and at least 100 are in the hospital. Tests are currently being conducted and all is known is that it is not the H1N1 Swine Flu.

http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/mysterious-virus-hits-ukraine

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