Tonight the nation of Ukraine is in an absolute state of panic as a mystery illness rips through that country. Some reports are claiming that this mystery illness is a more virulent form of the H1N1 swine flu. Other reports are linking the mystery illness with typhus, ebola hemorrhagic fever or even the pneumonic plague. What all the media reports do agree on is that an epidemic is devastating Ukraine tonight and that a wave of panic is sweeping over that nation.
The following is a list of many of the most recent reports that we have received regarding this outbreak. Hopefully there will be additional reports that will clarify the situation in Ukraine over the next 24 hours…..
*One report says that this mystery illness begins as an ordinary bout of the flu, but after a week the symptoms get far worse. The report says that approximately 40,000 Ukrainians have contracted the disease and that about 30 people there have died of it so far.
*Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has ordered schools and cinemas closed and has banned public gatherings for three weeks to contain the spread of the mystery virus amid growing panic over several dozen unexplained deaths in the western areas of the country.
*The Kyiv Post is reporting that Ukraine’s Health Ministry has not yet determined whether the recent deaths are related to the H1N1 swine flu virus, but they have admitted to sending more than 1,200 doses of Tamiflu to western Ukraine.
*The World Health Organization has announced that it is sending a team of experts to the Ukraine to investigate reports of severe H1N1 disease there.
*Recombinomics is reporting that four doctors have died of the flu in Ukraine’s Ternopol and Lvov regions.
*There is a report that the temperature inside of the lungs of those dying from this illness reached up to 55 degrees Celsius (over 130 degrees Fahrenheit). In other words, their lungs virtually melted and filled with blood.
*Rumors that the mystery illness could be connected to typhus or ebola hemorrhagic fever are circulating in Ukraine.
*One international media report claims that the Ukraine Ministry of Health has not established the exact diagnosis of the epidemic disease in the western regions of Ukraine yet, but that pneumonic plague is suspected.
*Meanwhile, a second man has died of pneumonic plague in a remote part of northwest China where a city of more than 10,000 people has been sealed off. Could this be linked to the outbreak in Ukraine?
The following Russia Today video report contains some of the basic information that is known about the situation in Ukraine…..