Flu” Reported In Ukraine
virus is ravaging the Ukraine and some medical specialists are worried that it has the potential of becoming a world pandemic
far worse than the H1N1 influenza.
Health Organization (WHO) has investigated the virus and declared it to be the H1N1 virus with “no significant mutation.”
Some Internet columnists suggest that there is some dark conspiracy going on here and that the WHO is involved in a “cover-up”
Post columnist Anne Applebaum this week suggested that the so-called Ukraine outbreak was the result of mass panic brought
on by all of the news reports identifying a normal strain of influenza as a dangerous world pandemic. She said the Ukraine
government quarantined several provinces, shut down parliament and banned mass gatherings. In the end, it was found that there
had been an outbreak of swine flu, people got sick and most of them recovered. Applebaum said the actual death rate from swine
flu in the Ukraine was no higher than it was for flu or pneumonia in previous years.
Yet the beat goes on, and
not all Ukraine authorities and medical staff appear satisfied with the WHO findings.
reports found on Internet blog sites dubbed it the Ukrainian Plague because it has sickened at least a million people and
left at least 360 dead as of this date (Nov. 17).
‘s Daily Mail reported Monday (Nov. 16) that British scientists are examining the strain to see if the H1N1 flu has
mutated, or if this is a new virus outbreak altogether. The paper said UK doctors are questioning if it is the H1N1 flu at
all, and are “likening this strain to the Spanish flu, which included internal hemorrhage and edema in the lungs.”
story quoted “an unnamed doctor” in western Ukraine who told of autopsies performed on two of the victims that
produced shocking results. “Their lungs are as black as charcoal,” the doctor allegedly said. “They look
like they have been burned. It’s terrifying.”
Prime Minister Donald Tusk has called upon the European Union to take rapid action to head off the possible spread of this
virus. Neighboring Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania are conducting health checks on Ukrainians entering their
borders, and Slovakia has closed two of its five border crossings.
Viktor Yushchenko, who called in WHO, said in a television interview: “People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors.
Unlike similar epidemics in other countries, three causes of serious viral infections came together simultaneously in Ukraine;
two seasonal flus and the California flu. Virologists conclude that this combination of infections may produce an even more
aggressive new virus as a result of a mutation.”
released by Professor Viktor Bachynsky, chief of the Russian bureau of the Chernivtsi regional forensic examination, ruled
out bilateral pneumonia as the cause of the deaths, but called it “viral distress syndrome.
the virus “is very aggressive, it does not strike the trachea but immediately gets into the lungs and causes heavy swelling
and solid hemorrhage.” He said mixed types of para-influenza and influenza A/N1N1 can lead to this state.
the virus appears to have the ability to penetrate human mucus membranes and recommends that anyone coming in contact with
its victims protect themselves with both surgical masks and eye goggles.