: Ukraine's healthcare ministry announces flu epidemic as more than 80 people die

15:45 Jan. 26, 2016

Ukraine's healthcare ministry announces flu epidemic as more than 80 people die

A man walks in a flu mask in Kyiv on January 25, 2016 (UNIAN photo)

More than a dozen people become victims of deadly virus in Ukrainian capital alone

Death toll of the flu epidemic in Ukraine continues to rise. According to the latest data of Healthcare Ministry 83 people across Ukraine have already died a result of complications after flu.

"The epidemic threshold is exceeded in 18 regions of Ukraine, furthermore in 11 regions the epidemic threshold is exceeded by 50%," Ukraine's Healthcare Minister Oleksandr Kvitashvili said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, January 26.

According to Kivitashvili, the total number of people, who were infected with flu this season is 2.6 million.

Alongside the usual flu strains that circulate seasonally, this year Ukraine is battling the outbreak of the deadly H1N1 virus, known also as swine flu. Medics say it is more dangerous, and carries a higher risk of complications that can develop very quickly in comparison to other strains.

Watch also Ukraine battles deadly outbreak of swine flu

Schools in Ukraine have been closed since January 16. Authorities hope such measures will stop the H1N1 virus from spreading.

Epidemiologists warn the groups at highest risk are children, pregnant women, people over 65, overweight people, diabetes suffers, and those with chronic heart or lung diseases.

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