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The WHO: Residents of Lviv sick A/H1N1
Living in Lviv, which are located in Lviv hospitals are all signs of influenza A/H1N1.
The statement was made in Lviv team leader of the World Health Organization, an expert on intensive care Simon Merdel The WHO second day of the monitored situation in Lviv hospitals.
In Lviv arrived WHO experts on epidemiology, as well as clinicians. On Thursday they visited the city hospitals, and on Friday worked in the regional. The experts interacted with the medical staff, patients, view the history of disease, were interested in treatment regimens, as new and effective methods for the introduction of WHO to adopt in other countries.
Influenza A / H 1 N 1 is easy
Communication with the media specialists of the World Health Organization generally avoided. It was possible to speak to them in the Regional Hospital. The team leader, a clinician Merdel Simon noted that a large percentage of critically ill in the Lviv region is a consequence of the fact that people are too late appealed to doctors engaged in self-medicate, so their condition deteriorated. Pre-analyzing the course of the disease in humans, WHO experts have stated that it is mostly all the signs of influenza A/H1N1.
"We have no reason to doubt that this clinic influenza A/H1N1. The same as in the world, is typical of the disease, as everywhere. Where could take in Ukraine, the term "pneumonic plague"? I do not understand. For most people influenza A/H1N1 is easy. Therefore use the term to be properly and carefully, be careful. When talking about a new type of influenza, its course in patients with mild, when about pneumonia - is another. From a complication of viral pneumonia minimal ", - said the WHO expert Simon Merdel.
However, if the virus is the so-called swine flu passes without complications, then why are so many residents of the area suffer from pneumonia, with the severe form? While the answer to this question did not receive Radio Liberty.
Actually, WHO experts were interested in all seriously ill with pneumonia, a disease in which began the same way - with shortness of breath, severe weakness, changes in skin color. Today in the Lviv region suffer from some 140 thousand people, but what percentage of them diagnosed with pneumonia and influenza is unknown.
45 people for 10 days died. During the autopsy, in many of the dead patalogoanatomy found that the lungs like "burnt".
In Lviv confirmed 10 cases of "swine flu"
According to recent reports of Lviv Oblast sanepidservice in the area confirmed 10 cases of so-called swine flu: 8 people who have died and two people were treated in hospitals. One patient with a diagnosis of a new type of flu has already returned home.
The WHO analyze the situation that prevailed in the Lviv region. On Saturday they will hold a seminar for health workers and provide its recommendations, such as for medical professionals and people around the world. They asked medical personnel to wear protective masks, wash hands, going from one patient to another. Everyone, experts note, during the epidemic, as often as possible to wash their hands and in the crowded field protective masks.
Concerning the drug "Tamiflu", then according to experts, it should be given only to patients with serious infections. This drug Lviv hospitals enough.
On Friday, Polish epidemiologists concluded to take samples of patients in hospitals. They promise three days to inform doctors about the main results of research on what exactly the virus get sick residents of the area. And they are expected as physicians, so patients and their relatives.
Today in the Lviv region became ill about 140 thousand people, 45 people died. During the week the incidence remains strong, and growing.
Galina Tereshchuk, Radio Liberty
[Note: Slight spelling in above report - the name of the WHO expert is actually Dr Simon Mardel not Merdel.]