July 27, 2009

Israel confirms first swine flu fatality

Israel's Health Ministry said lab results confirmed the country's first fatality from the H1N1 virus Monday.

Hospital officials said they suspected a 35-year-old man admitted to a hospital in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat died over the weekend from the swine flu virus.

The Health Ministry opted to wait for the results of lab tests before confirming the suspicions, Israeli media reports said Monday.

According to the ministry, approximately 1,000 Israelis were diagnosed with the virus, most with minor cases. A directive issued by the Health Ministry warned members of the public suffering from chronic lung diseases, asthma, heart diseases and obesity were at a greater risk to contract the virus than other sectors of the population.