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 Pig flu claimed lives of 15 people in Odesa over three weeks

15 residents of Odesa died from influenza or complications from it (pneumonia) in the period from Dec. 23, 2015 to Jan. 12, 2016.

Odesa City Council Health Department Head Ihor Shpak said, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to him, 11 people died directly of the flu. Most of them were 40-55 years-old males, who started seeking medical attention far too late. There were no children among the deceased.

Ihor Shpak informed that the doctors have recorded 378 patients during the same period, including 122 with the so-called virus of swine flu. More than 260 residents of Odesa have been or are currently treated in hospitals.

Read more: Four people died of swine flu in Kyiv in December - January, - Sanitary and Epidemiological Agency

The official said that the City Council has created headquarters in order to prevent the epidemic. Following the meeting of the headquarters, the Odesa authorities have allocated three million hryvnia (about $120,000) for the purchase of drugs and equipment necessary for treatment of patients with influenza and its complications.

In turn, the Main Directorate of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service in the Odesa region has specified that there was a simultaneous circulation of influenza A and B virus among the population.

"A total of 378 patients with influenza and acute respiratory viral infection have been examined. 128 cases of influenza virus were recorded including 122 cases of pandemic A/H1 virus, five cases of seasonal A/H3 virus, and one case of influenza B virus," the statement reads.

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