Beginning in early December, reports emerged regarding a strange new virus infecting military personnel in Eastern Ukraine.

To date, nobody really knows what the strain is, and the Western mainstream media has neglected to report on it. A recent update from the Donbass International News Agency (which appears to be a pro-Russian separatist website) suggests that the virus has an American origin.

The strain, which has since been dubbed the “California Flu,” has reportedly killed 20 Ukrainian soldiers and hospitalized 200 more.  The virus causes a high fever, seems immune to modern medicine, and the infected that die typically succumb within 2 days. According to the Vice Commander of the Russian separatists, the virus was leaked from a research lab near the city of Kharkov, which is run by “US military experts.”

Regardless of its origin, the virus has started to infect the civilian population as well, and is making its way through the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Doctors on the Ukrainian side of the border have failed to identify the viral strain, because the lab they need resides in separatist territory.

If this virus is real and the current casualty rates are accurate, then it would have a mortality rate of just over 1%. This would make it about half as bad as the Spanish Flu of 1918, but significantly more lethal than an ordinary flu virus.


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