Title and link: WHO: Ukraine could face second, longer bout of A/H1N1 flu
Head of the WHO international mission Jukka Pukkila has forecast that Ukraine could face a second, longer wave of the epidemic of A/H1N1 flu.
"We really are facing the virus of A/H1N1 flu… We have overcome the peak of the wave [of the epidemic in Ukraine]… The country should be ready for the fact that we could face a [new] wave of the epidemic that could last for several weeks or even several months," he said a meeting of the WHO mission with Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko in Kyiv on Monday.
At the same time, the WHO representative said "it is extremely hard to foresee the further development of the epidemic in Ukraine, as in other countries of the world."
According to Pukkila, the experience obtained by Ukraine during its fight against the epidemic is important for other countries.
"This result is important not only for Ukraine but for all other regions too. People of all countries are watching what is taking place in the country. The experience will help them to improve the response [to flu outbreaks] in their own countries," he said.
The Official numbers posted below, show an increase of people hospitalized and sick. How are they past the peak? Also, he says H1N1 - but it is not H1N1 that is causing all the sickness - the Ukraine Officials are even saying it is Not H1N1. Why does the head of WHO refer to it as such?
UPDATE 11/11/09 1:20pm - ANOTHER ARTICLE ON SECOND WAVE IN UKRAINE
At the same time, a representative of the World Health Organization Natalia Pshenychna considers that the second wave may take place in several weeks or months. She said that western regions of Ukraine are slowly passing the peak of the first wave of the A(H1N1) flu epidemic.