Swine flu has spread into the political arena in Ukraine.
The search for facial masks and medicine has prompted some Ukrainians to cross the border into Hungary. Since mid-October, more than 80 people have died since of the flu and other respiratory illnesses. The World Health Organization says it assumes most flu cases in Ukraine have been caused by the H1N1 virus.President Yushchenko claims his arch rivals, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former premier Viktor Yanukovich, were aware of a flu epidemic when they organized mass rallies to support their presidential campaigns. He has asked the General Prosecutor’s Office to open a criminal investigation into negligence among top government members.