Swine Flu Epidemic Claims 11 People

RAMALLAH, January 3, 2013 (WAFA) – Eleven people have died from swine flu epidemic, known also as H1N1, that hit the West Bank since the start of the winter season, the Ministry of Health said in a report on Thursday.

The latest two victims, an elderly man and a baby part of a triplet who had health problems, died on Wednesday.

Most of the deaths were from the Jenin area where four people died, said the report. Two were from Tulkarm and one each from Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Qalqilya and Tubas.

The ministry said 323 people were treated with the H1N1 virus, with more than 50 of them in Ramallah.

Ministry officials said the epidemic is not serious but that people most vulnerable to the disease, mainly children under five, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illness, should take extra precautions during the flu season.

They said flu vaccination has run out and that the ministry has asked for more vaccines from the World Health Organization, which should arrive in few days.

Source: WAFA News