Ukraine death toll from flu exceeds 1,000

(Interfax-Ukraine )

The number of those who have died of flu and flu-like illnesses in Ukraine has increased to 1,005 people as of January 19, the Ukrainian Health Ministry’s press service has reported.

Cold and snow have heightened the problem of spreading flu in Ukraine.

Seven people, including one child, have died of flu and its complications (pneumonia) over the past 24 hours, the press service said. According to the ministry, the epidemic threshold is exceeded in Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Poltava and Sumy regions. The number of influenza cases is rapidly growing in Crimea and another three regions.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic (October 29), over 4,324 million people have contracted flu and respiratory infections, including 48,872 people over the past 24 hours. The ministry publishes no separate statistics on cases of A/H1N1 influenza or swine flu.