Preliminary tests have revealed no significant changes in the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus based on investigations of samples taken from patients in Ukraine, according to the press service of the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 34 samples were analyzed independently by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Mill Hill in London, UK, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.

Preliminary genetic sequencing shows that the virus is similar to the virus used for production of the pandemic influenza vaccine, reconfirming the vaccine's efficacy at this time, reads the statement. 

Additional questions about the pandemic virus circulating in Ukraine will be answered as more data is available. 

“The WHO commends the government of Ukraine for its open sharing of samples to inform global monitoring of the virus for signs of change,” reads the statement. 

According to the Ukrainian Health Ministry, Ukraine registered over 1.457 million people suffering from flu and acute respiratory viral infections. A total of 83,026 patients have been hospitalized, and 328 have died.


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