Friday, December 11, 2009

First swine flu deaths reported in Gaza

A baby and two women have died in Hamas-run Gaza after contracting swine flu, the first deaths from the virus in the densely populated Palestinian territory, officials said on Monday.
Hassan Khalaf, a spokesman for the Hamas health ministry, declined to give details, but said there were four new cases on Monday of people infected with the disease in the Gaza Strip.
Khalaf added, however, that the condition of three of five people who had been confirmed on Sunday as having the virus was improving.
Those were the first of the A(H1N1) flu reported in Gaza, which Israel and Egypt have kept under a blockade, allowing in only essential humanitarian aid, since the Islamist Hamas seized power in June 2007....
Picture Left:Palestinian physicians wear face masks during their shift at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.(AFP)

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