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Flu epidemic kills 220 in Ukraine — health ministry

February 08, 15:42 UTC+3 KIEV
Over 3.2 million people got infected with flu in Ukraine, the figure grew by 65,000 only for the past 24 hours. Some 50% of those infected are children under 17
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KIEV, February 8. /TASS/. The flu epidemic death toll in Ukraine has reached 220, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

"Since the epidemic’s outbreak 220 flu-related lethal cases were registered, including three deaths among children and one pregnant woman," the ministry said.

Over 3.2 million people got infected with flu in Ukraine, the figure grew by 65,000 only for the past 24 hours. Some 50% of those infected are children under 17.

The epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 19 of 27 Ukraine’s regions.

Health ministry data shows swine flu, officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1, is spreading in Ukraine since December.

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