The A/H1N1 highly pathogenic influenza epidemic has been registered in Ukraine, Health Minister Vasyl Kniazevych has told the press on Thursday.

Two laboratories have confirmed this diagnosis: 11 cases out of 33 tests are recorded.

Kniazevych noted that out of 21 tests that have been examined at the Yanovsky Institute of Pulmonology and Phthisiology, seven A (Н1N1) cases are confirmed. Out of 12 tests studied by the Sanitary Epidemiological Service, four A (Н1N1) flu cases are confirmed.

The minister recalled that for today 951 persons are hospitalized in the country's western regions. According to him, a total of 30 deaths of virus infections are registered in Ukraine as of today's morning.

He underlined that the situation on the A (Н1N1) and other virus infections spread is out of control, as 'great immigration process' are taking place.

Kniazevych also stressed that Ukraine has enough medication for treating the A (Н1N1) influenza. “The WHO recommended one-two medications. We have purchased them in sufficiency. But, despite therapy, fatal cases happened because of untimely reference to doctor,” Kniazevych said.

He also added that the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) would today consider whether to place Ukraine in quarantine.


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