Bulgaria Declares Swine Flu Epidemic without vaccinces
"Bulgaria's Chief Epidemiologist, Angel Kunchev, has told the BNT that unfortunately there were no A(H1N1) vaccines available in Bulgaria at the moment but said that medications and vaccines would soon be procured from Germany and Sweden."
"Bulgaria's Health Ministry announced Friday afternoon the declaration of a state of national swine flu epidemic over the rising number of patients with A(H1N1). - Thus, 20 of Bulgaria's 28 administrative districts had declared swine flu epidemic before the news for the national emergency."
In what is called "Swine Flu Break" all schools will be closed from November 9th to the 14th -"Any decisions for closing nursery schools and universities over the epidemic will be made on the local level."
"There will be no mandatory closing of cinemas, theaters, libraries, or other public facilities despite the declaration of a national epidemic."
"The Health Ministry made the decision based on the grounds that the number of people with swine flu has reached 210 per 10 000. On Thursday, Bulgaria's Health Minister Bozhidar Nanev announced a little over 100 000 Bulgarians were infected with A(H1N1).
Earlier on Friday it was announced that a 53-year-old man had died in a hospital in Sofia as a result of complications of the A(H1N1) virus, bringing Bulgaria’s total swine flu death toll to six."
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The numbers are low, yet with the conditions rising in other surrounding countries within the region - it would seem that the Bulgaria Health Ministry has made the call (hopefully) before the potential of much greater loss of lives.
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