California tourist with swine flu dies in J'lem

California tourist with

October 13, 2009 14:28


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A 69-year-old tourist from California who was diagnosed with swine flu has died in Jerusalem's Sha'are Tzedek Hospital. The man, who died Sunday, was also suffering from other chronic illnesses. However, the Health Ministry said that the H1N1 virus could not be ruled out as the cause of death, and was therefore counting the man as Israel's 32nd swine flu fatality. In two weeks, the Health Ministry expects to purchase and import 350,000 doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine, out of a total of 2.3 million doses to be available here by the end of March. The first 430,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine will be offered here to high-risk populations, starting with medical staffers, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and weak immune systems, and children.

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