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Slovak Interior Minister reacts to flu outbreak in Ukraine

Although the situation regarding the flu outbreak in Ukraine doesn't change the overall regimen in Slovakia, the implementation of a number of measures is called for to minimise risks, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said in Banská Bystrica on Monday, November 2, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Although the situation regarding the flu outbreak in Ukraine doesn't change the overall regimen in Slovakia, the implementation of a number of measures is called for to minimise risks, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said in Banská Bystrica on Monday, November 2, as reported by the TASR newswire.

During a media briefing, he spoke about the preventive measures directed against the new viral strain of A (H1N1) in Ukraine that emerged over the weekend.

“We will close the Slovak-Ukrainian pedestrian border passing in Veľké Slemence, and, likewise, the tourist crossing at Ubľa,” said Kaliňák. The border crossings Ubľa, Vyšné Nemecké, Čierna nad Tisou will be monitored by doctors for potential high-risk cases.

The state will provide 300,000 protective face masks to villages near the Slovak-Ukrainian border. “It's a preventive measure, to minimise risks,” said Kaliňák, adding that Slovaks should reconsider any trips to Ukraine. As the risk of contracting the virus is relatively high, all travels to Ukraine should be undertaken only if absolutely necessary, cautioned Kaliňák.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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