Palestinian Authority reports first swine flu fatality

The Palestinian Authority reported its first swine flu fatality on Friday evening. The 34-year-old man died in a Ramallah hospital of complications related to the disease, after returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The PA's Health Ministry has called on Palestinian citizens to avoid traveling to Mecca in the near future for fear of contracting the virus. There are approximately 80 Palestinian patients who have been diagnosed with swine flu so far.