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The World Health Organization is sending a team of experts to Ukraine to look into reports of severe H1N1 disease there, a spokesperson for the global health agency said Friday.

Gregory Hartl said the team was being pulled together by the WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which goes by the acronym GOARN.

The team will travel early next week to the eastern European country, which has closed schools and banned public meetings in response to a spike in cases of acute respiratory illness believed to be H1N1.

“This is something that certainly needs investigating,” Hartl said from Geneva.

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He said the government of Ukraine is being forthcoming with information on the outbreak, which is said to centre on three regions in the western part of the country.

The country, which is in the midst of an election campaign, has reportedly imposed strict measures to slow the spread of the virus.

According to the BBC, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said there would also be restrictions on what she called non-urgent travel between different parts of Ukraine.

Reports on the number of deaths vary, some suggesting Tymoshenko had said only one person has died of the virus but her rival, President Viktor Yushchenko, has said 11 Ukrainians have died so far.
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WHO experts are inclined to think that Ukraine is rampant "Swine flu


World Health Organization (WHO), whose experts on November 3 arrived in Ukraine for the study of disease and mass deaths of Ukrainians, according to their possible cause of action of a new pandemic influenza virus.

This is stated in the message organization, which is available UNIAN.

WHO argued the fact that their assumption of rapid spread of the virus and confirm its presence in patients in the two most affected areas.

"Because pandemic flu has quickly become the dominant flu around the world, we can assume that most cases of flu in Ukraine caused by the virus,"
- noted in the report.

The most influential organization of health care in the world noted the increased incidence of influenza-like infections and pneumonia in the western regions of Ukraine, as well as in Kiev.

According to WHO, in intensive care unit is 235 Ukrainians from about 250 thousand sick.

"As elsewhere, WHO strongly recommends the use of antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir (this is the name of active substances sold under the brand name" Tamiflu and Relenza, - UNIAN) for patients who meet the criteria, even in the absence of positive laboratory test infection H1N1 » - noted in a report dated November 3.

WHO Expert Group will work in the Lviv region, where the highest number of deaths among infected with the virus.

Two virologist already begun work in the National Center for influenza research in the laboratories of the Central sanitary-epidemiological station in Kiev.

"Many questions need answering. The epidemic in Ukraine is able to demonstrate how the virus behaves in the northern hemisphere during the winter period, particularly in terms of health status, typical of Eastern Europe ", - noted the report.

WHO noted that neighboring states do not recommend closing the border with Ukraine, as the practice shows that such activities do not stop the further spread of the virus.

As UNIAN reported earlier, yesterday in Ukraine began work on 9 expert WHO, arrived in the country at the invitation of the Ukrainian government, which hopes that international experts help find the cause mass illness and death in Ukraine.

Help UNIAN. The Ukrainian authorities initially attributed the mass deaths in the western areas, details of which began to appear in the middle of last week, pneumonia and complications from seasonal influenza.

October 30 The Ministry of Health has declared an outbreak of flu in Ukraine and the government announced a three-week quarantine in 9 areas of Western Ukraine.

At the same time as of November 3 patients confirmed 14 cases of influenza A/H1N1.

According to the Ministry, the number of patients from Thursday to Monday last week, the current increased 8-fold - to more than 250 thousand people. Hospitalized - 15 times - up to 15 thousand, while the number of people in intensive care - 3 times - up to 170 people

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