Swine flu blowup, claims over 300 lives in Ukraine

Swine Flue Case

According to the Country’s health ministry, at least 313 people have died of influenza epidemic in Ukraine during the cold season.

Health officials said most of the deaths were caused by the H1N1 flu or swine flu, but they failed to give a particularized number in this regard, reports Xinhua.

The deaths occurred in all but two Ukrainian regions, with the southern Odessa region and the country’s capital city of Kiev being the hardest hit, where 40 and 37 people have died, respectively, said the statement on the ministry’s website.

The victims had not been vaccinated and two-thirds of them sought medical treatment too late, the statement said.

On January 16, Ukraine asserted the influenza epidemic, which had been affecting 9.6 percent of the country’s population. Authorities ordered the closure of colleges, schools and kindergartens and advised people to wear protective masks in public places in an attempt to stop the virus.

wefornews bureau

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