Season's first confirmed swine flu fatality in Israel

East Jerusalem man hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem dies from swine flu after being quarantined and treated intensively by medical staff.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 11, 2010 17:58
Israeli doctor examines swine flu patient.

Swine flu patient . (photo credit: Ariel Jerzolomiski)

A 30-year-old Israeli man was pronounced dead on Saturday after being hospitalized with swine flu. The man, a resident of east Jerusalem, was checked into the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center on Thursday suffering from severe flu symptoms, after a blood test revealed the potent flu virus strain was present in his blood stream.

The man was quarantined by hospital personnel while he was treated intensively for the disease, but despite their best efforts, the man passed away on Saturday.

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Two weeks ago, the IDF began to inoculate its soldiers against the swine flu, as well as the regular seasonal flu, Israel radio reported.

Military medical personnel will receive the immunizations first, followed by soldiers in combat units, with the remainder of soldiers to receive the shot this week.


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