Four more swine flu cases confirmed in Israel

Two Women in their 60s, 2 men in their 20s returning from US, hospitalized; WHO raises global tally to 15,510.

The Health Ministry confirmed four additional cases of swine flu in Israel over the weekend. All of those infected had recently returned from the US. Two women in their sixties were diagnosed with the virus on Saturday evening. The woman, who were in good condition, were being treated at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital. Two additional cases of swine flu were confirmed on Friday, as a 22-year-old suffering from flu-like symptoms was admitted to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, and a 28-year-old was admitted to Netanya's Nordau Hospital. The former had traveled from New York on Continental flight 090, which landed in Israel on Thursday, while the latter had flown from the US via London, on BMI flight BD762, which landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday at 11 a.m. The Health Ministry called on passengers from either flight suffering from symptoms of the epidemic to consult with medical professionals. The infections brought the total of confirmed swine flu cases in Israel to 18. On Friday, the World Health Organization raised its global tally of swine flu cases to 15,510, an increase of more than 2,000 cases in two days. The death toll increased by four since Wednesday to 99, the global body said. The United States reported 1,163 new cases and one death. Mexico had 369 new cases and two deaths, while Australia's cases more than doubled to 147. Although the virus has now spread to 53 countries, the vast majority of cases and deaths so far have occurred in North America, WHO said.