Granted the Ukraine is a bit far from Florida, but with the rapid spread of H1N1 throughout the world this caught my attention.
In last 24 hours, an unknown virus (presumed pneumonic plague) infected another 37 thousand and killed 12 more people. The authorities deny that this is pneumonic plague, and insist that people die from influenza, pneumonia and ARI.
Meanwhile, an emergency message from the President of Ukraine to the international community to immediately help in the fight against the virus, only reinforces the suspicion that pneumonia and influenza is not the cause.
"The current threat to national security of Ukraine, which we can not offset on our own, requires me to turn to our closest friends and strategic partners for emergency aid", - Yushchenko said in an appeal to the leaders of Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia Slovakia, USA, and EU Commission President and Secretary General of NATO.
According to the operative data of the Ministry of Health on 1 November, recorded through out the country more than 191 thousand patients with unknown disease of lungs. Of these, 83 thousand are children. Total number deaths recorded - 60, 123 people are dying.
I have no idea if this is the H1N1 virus, a mutation of H1N1 or something completely different. I will look forward to the WHO's report from their field epidemiology teams. I have been suspicious of the H1N1 from the get go in that is seemed too perfect and too easily spread (yes my tinfoil hat is nearby). It would be a perfect practice run for something far more deadly.