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Flu kills 122 in Ukraine

January 28, 16:06 UTC+3 KIEV
According to the health minister, more than 2.6 million people are infected with flu and epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 18 regions
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KIEV, January 28. /TASS/. The death toll from a flu outbreak in Ukraine has reached 122, a senior health official said on Thursday.

"According to the Health Ministry, a total of 122 flu-related deaths have been registered in Ukraine," said Olga Bogomolets, head of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada parliament health department. "This week, 21 people died of flu," she said.

Health ministry data shows swine flu as Ukraine's most widespread strain, officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1.

Oleg Ruban, chief of Kiev's regional epidemiological service, reported on January 25 that a new type of swine flu had appeared, classified as virus A (H3N2).

Health Minister Alexander Kvitashvili said on January 26 that more than 2.6 million people were infected with flu. Epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 18 regions.

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