The first case of swine flu was diagnosed in the Palestinian territories on Wednesday.
The patient is a four-year-old boy in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Dr. Assad Ramlawi, director of the Palestinian Health Ministry, said the boy returned from the United States two days ago and showed flu symptoms. Ramlawi said tests disclosed that he was suffering from swine flu.
Ramlawi refused to give the boy's name or say where he was in the US. He said Wednesday the boy was at home in stable condition and that his family members were taking precautions, including wearing surgical masks.