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Ukraine health officials expect new flu surge for runoff

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Jan. 23, 2010, 5:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
A second surge of flu and respiratory infections is looming in Ukraine, heath officials believe. "We believe there will be a second wave. We expect the second surge to strike early in February," Director of Ukraine's center for influenza and acute respiratory infections Oleksandr Hrynevych said at a press conference on Friday.

Nevertheless, the temperature drop can contribute to the spread of influenza and acute respiratory diseases, and the number of people applying for medical assistance will increase.

According to him, a combination of viruses that causing respiratory diseases will remain the same - seasonal and pandemic influenza, as well as acute respiratory infections, but the pandemic H1N1 flu will prevail.
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