13:28 08.02.2016

Flu kills 220 people in Ukraine this epidemic season

Flu kills 220 people in Ukraine this epidemic season

A total of 220 flu deaths confirmed by laboratories, including three minors younger than 17 and one pregnant woman, have been registered in Ukraine since the beginning of this epidemic season, according to operative data of the Ukrainian Health Ministry.

"Thirty-four cases have been identified as atypical A flu virus, two as B flu virus, and 183 as H1N1 (pdm09) flu virus. Most deaths were observed in Odesa region (38), Kharkiv region (15), Vinnytsia region (13), Zaporizhia region (12), Cherkasy region (14), Rivne region (14) and Kyiv (14)," says a report published on the Ukrainian Health Ministry's website on Monday.

Only a third of the victims requested timely medical assistance, and an analysis of mortalities showed that none of the victims were inoculated against flu, the ministry said.

The Health Ministry also said that Ukraine had registered over 3.2 million cold and flu cases or 8.3% of the entire population since September 28, 2015, when the epidemic season began.

"Some 62.8% of all cases are minors younger than 17. The highest flu and cold rate is observed in Kyiv region and the city of Kyiv, where the sickness rates stand at 14.1% and 11.9%, respectively. The sickness rates are the lowest in Zakarpattia region (5.2%) and Kharkiv region (3.6%)," the report said.

More than 65,000 persons, 50% of them minors younger than 17, have fallen ill in Ukraine in the past 24 hours. Over the same period of time, almost 3,000 people have been hospitalized with a preliminary cold or flu diagnosis, among them 1,500 minors younger than 17.

"During the fourth week of 2016, flu rates exceeded the epidemic threshold in 19 regions and in Kyiv, including by more than 50% in 11 regions," the report said.

The Ukrainian Health Ministry said that the sickness rate grew 41.4% year-on-year in the epidemic season of 2015-2016. As of February 7, 2016, anti-epidemic restrictive measures were put into place or classes were cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions in 7,562 children's education establishments, general education schools and extracurricular institutions.

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