Friday, November 20, 2009

Quarantine Being Abolished in Many Areas of The Ukraine - Govt. Says Flu Epidemic Stabilized 11/20/09 7:50am

Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Stepan Havrysh confirms statements made by Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that an epidemic of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections is diminishing in Ukraine.

"The situation with influenza is diminishing. The curve of influenza, which was the highest on November 4, now has reached its lowest point. Although the number of cases has been increased during Tuesday, we believe that it is situational position" - he said in the air of 5th channel.

According to Stepan Gavrish, last year on average 18 people died of influenza and pneumonia every day.

According to the Ministry of Health, over previous day 18 people died of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections in Ukraine, reports Ukrainskaya pravda. In addition, referring to the results of the examinations which were held in London and tin he United States, Stepan Havrysh said that pandemic influenza has not mutated in Ukraine. However, he noted that the second wave of the epidemic may occur either “in December or January”. Now, according to the first Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, "the epidemiological threshold is exceeded in 20 regions".

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 344 deaths of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections as of November 18 in 23 Regions, Kyiv, Sevastopil and Crimea.

Beginning from October 29, 89 deaths recorded in the Lviv Region, 39 – in the Ivano-Frankivsk Region, 25 - in the Chernivtsi Region, 22 - in the Ternopil Region, 20 - in the Khmelnytsky Region, 18 - in the Donetsk Region, 16 - in the Kyiv Region, 15 - in the Chernihiv Region, in 14 - in the Volyn Region and in Kyiv, 10 - in the Rivne Region.

9 people died in the Transcarpathian Region, 7 - in the Poltava Region, and 6 - in the Vinnytsa Region, Kharkiv Region and Sumy Region, 4 people - in the Dnipropetrivsk, Zhytomyr and Kherson Regions, 3 people - in the Zaporizhzhya and Kirovograd regions. 2 people died of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections in Crimea, including 1 in Sevastopil, and 1 died- in the Mykolayiv and Odessa Regions, reports Ukrainian News.

In general, beginning from October 29, 1 mn 502,345 people have become sick with influenza and acute respiratory viral infections, over the past day – 44,781 people became ill. Since the beginning of the epidemic 85,904 people were hospitalized and 54,407 are discharged.

06:39 p.m. Beginning from Monday, November 23 quarantine will be abolished in the Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions.

Education in the educational institutions of Ternopil will resume on Monday, November 23.

Ukraine is in the pandemic of swine influenza, but there is an epidemic of seasonal influenza and acute respiratory diseases in the country , said Deputy Minister of Health Vasyl Lazoryshynets.

"We have a pandemic of A/N1N1 influenza today, because we live in a territory where it exists. And we have an epidemic of acute respiratory infections, seasonal and pandemic influenza," - he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to Vasyl Lazorishynets, 1,168 samples have been examined in Ukraine, and A influenza is confirmed in 265 cases. 225 cases out of them are diseases of pandemic influenza A/N1N1. All of the dead, according to the deputy head of the Ministry of Health, were sampled.

Total, according to Vasyl Lazorishynets, since the beginning of the epidemic 1 mn 502,345 people became sick with influenza and acute respiratory diseases, including 44,000 yesterday. Also 2,878 people were hospitalized during the previous day, 233 people are in the reanimation, 42 people have artificial pulmonary ventilation. 13 people died during the previous day.

Chief sanitary doctor Oleksandr Bilovol noted that to date the epidemic threshold is not exceeded n 12 regions out of 27 (24 regions, Crimea, Kyiv and Sevastopil). Thus, he noted, the situation has been stabilized in Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

06:47 p.m. The Kyiv city sanitary epidemiological station recommends the Kyiv City State Administration to abolish quarantine in kindergartens, schools and higher educational institutions beginning from 25 November, reported the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration.

The sanitary epidemiological station argues its proposal by reduction in rate of illness of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections. The sanitary epidemiological station predicts that on November 23 the epidemiological threshold will be exceeded only by 4 percents in the capital (94-96 patients per 10,000 population).

However, the Kyiv City State Administration stresses that the final decision to cancel the quarantine will be made by anti-epidemic commission under the Cabinet of Ministers, Ukrainian News reported.

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