Gov't to run swine flu hot-line in face of concern after first local death

The Health Ministry will run a "swine flu" phone information line with answers to questions on Wednesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as a result of public nervousness over the first report of a patient who died of complications of the H1N1 virus. Advertisements in the media and on the ministry Web site at will provide more information. The man, 35, died at Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat. He had been described by the ministry as having been "overweight and a heavy smoker" because of a 30 body-mass index and having smoked one-and-a-half packets of cigarettes a day for years, but the family has filed a malpractice suit, claiming his case was "not treated seriously enough" at the southern government hospital.