Swine Influenza Kills 11 Palestinians

Swine influenza (H1N1) is getting rampant in the Palestinian territory. At least 11 people were killed.

The Palestinian News Agency WAFA on Sunday (6/1/2013) reported of the Palestinian Ministry of Health said, since the beginning of winter until Thursday (3/1/2013) as many as 11 people were killed as a result of swine influenza.

The latest victim, an elderly man and the baby had died. Health Ministry also said there are currently 323 people treated for the H1N1 virus, and more than 50 people were treated at Ramallah.

The Ministry is also reported, most of the deaths occurred from the area of Jenin in which four people were killed. Then two other deaths came from Tulkarem. While each other coming from Ramallah, Nablus, Qalqilya, Hebron and Tubas.

The Ministry officials said the outbreak of flu epidemic is not serious, but need extra attention should be paid to the most vulnerable people suffering from this disease, especially children under five, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases.

Symptoms of swine flu include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, tiredness, muscle aches, sore throat and runny nose. The Ministry also stated, flu vaccination has been exhausted and that it had requested more vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO), which will arrive in a few days.

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