Ukraine, battling an outbreak of respiratory disease that's sickened 478,400 people and killed 81, is struggling with a lack of protective equipment, antiviral drugs and laboratory facilities to confirm whether the H1N1 pandemic virus is causing the disease. Many residents are staying at home and turning to natural remedies such as garlic to ward off the virus. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said in an urgent address to the nation Nov. 4 that the country's flu outbreak is "unique" because three flu strains are spreading at the same time. That increases the risk of mutations of the viruses into a new strain, he said, citing unnamed domestic and foreign experts. The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a team of scientists and advisers to Ukraine this week to investigate the outbreak. (Bloomberg)

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