Swine Flu Sweeps Ukraine

In Ukraine, 3,000 people a day are being hospitalized with H1N1 virus as scientists investigate why the flu strain is hitting younger age groups so hard.

Unlike other strains of the flu virus, which are most dangerous for older people, H1N1 can be life threatening for healthy people under the age of 65. Symptoms can appear similar to the common cold, but the disease can quickly lead to pneumonia if left untreated.

Schools in the country are closed for a 3rd consecutive week and all public-facing workers have been ordered to wear surgical masks in an effort to hamper transmission of the highly contagious illness.
The Guardian

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