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article imageMysterious flu in Ukraine continues to intensify

By Andrew Moran     Nov 10, 2009 in Health
Nearly three quarters of the Ukrainian population have flu-like symptoms of the mysterious virus and the government has ordered more than 650,000 doses of anti-viral drug Tamiflu.
Digital Journal reported at the end of October that more than 40,000 Ukrainians contracted a serious virus but now more than three quarters (478,456) of Ukrainians have contracted the flu-like symptoms, according to Radio Netherlands. As Recombinomics notes, the total number of deaths has been reported to be between 81 and 100 with more than 25,000 hospitalized.
The mysterious flu strain has caused a variety of theories such as biological warfare. Jose Mosse, who is a former microbiologist for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, called into a radio talk show warning about a biological weapon that would occur in Ukraine by Baxter International.
Other theories reported have been stories of people seeing light aircrafts spraying an unidentified substance over Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. However, this specific theory has been denied by the government of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, recently said, according to Inter Fax, that the World Health Organization, “The WHO noted that the measures we are currently taking are the most appropriate for the situation that re being taken in the world. This applies both to the actions of local authorities in all the regions and those of the central authorities.”
Nevertheless, the health minister Vasyl Kniazevych told a radio station that he does think it is the H1N1 Swine Flu but tests of the mysterious virus will take several weeks to find conclusive evidence of the specific influenza.
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