KIEV, January 25. /TASS/. Eighteen people have already died of complications after flu since an epidemic began in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, the press service of the city’s sanitary and epidemiological service reported on Monday.
It said 11 people died of confirmed flu over the recent week. Other cases have not yet been confirmed by lab tests, the report said. The service also said that 65 people having flu have been examined as of yet, and the so-called swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, has been confirmed in 37 cases.
Earlier on Monday, Oleg Ruban, the chief of the Kiev Regional Sanitary Epidemiological Service, said some 40,000 Kiev residents got infected with flu and respiratory viruses. Educational establishments of the capital remain under quarantine restrictions until Wednesday, January 27.
According to earlier circulated official data of the Healthcare Ministry, a flu epidemic killed 72 people in Ukraine between the end of autumn and January 22. Twenty-two people died of pneumonia with suspected viral etiology in the troubled eastern Donetsk region, and 26 deaths from diseases secondary to influenza were confirmed in the Odessa region.
Swine flu has been raging in Ukraine since December, after hitting the country in the winter season of 2009-2010. A total of 6.355 million people were infected with flu or acute respiratory diseases in the country, and 1,127 people died then.