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Nearly A Quarter Million Flu Cases in Belarus: WHO Remains Silent on Ukraine Plague

As flu cases in Belarus near the quarter million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) still remains silent on the gene sequences and cause of the pneumonic plague that has infected well over one million people in the Ukraine.

According to the press service of Belarus, there were 223,349 registered cases of influenza and acute respiratory illness (ARI) in less than eight days from November 2-9. Among the control of cities, the highest incidence rates of influenza and ARI were recorded in Rechitsa, Gomel, Mozyr, Molodechno, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Borisov, Minsk, Soligorsk.

In connection with a high incidence in the Gomel region, preventive measures were introduced in all its administrative territories including 169 schools and three vocational training institutions were suspended.

As in the Ukraine, the WHO and Belarus government are not releasing the actual number deaths which are currently being suppressed. Dr. Donald Lau had stated in a previous report that the chances of the Ukrainian pandemic being the same H1N1 virus were statistically low since the high viral transmission rates were unusual for H1N1. He also stated that "there must have been some misrepresentation of actual deaths versus infection rates."

The cases in Belarus are widespread and the numbers cited for Gomel are above the epidemic threshold just as they are across the Ukraine.

The symptoms being observed in Belarus mimic those of the Ukraine indicating it may be the same biological agent which has infected both countries.

The symptoms that were reported in the Ukraine were observed at different stages of the disease - a fever with a temperature over 38 C, cough, respiratory disorders. When cough was characterized by negligible allocation phlegm or dry unproductive cough with blotches of blood. All the patients come to hospital on average by 3-7 days of onset, were in serious condition. Period of time from onset to death averaged from 4 to 7 days. In all patients during a hospital for signs of respiratory insufficiency of various degrees, which quickly rose and manifested accelerated respiration rate, shortness of breath and effectiveness of independent breathing. X-ray studies were performed on 1-2 day hospitalization. Most patients experienced a double-headed particles of lower lung lesion, followed by a trend towards total destruction of the pulmonary system.

The Belarusian Health Ministry had confirmed that deaths are being attributed to acute pneumonia.

Although the number of fatalities in Belarus are increasing, and may rival Ukraine, announcements of sequencing data are still being delayed by the WHO, raising concerns of a covert operation to withhold critical information that should be made public.

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November 11, 2009


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