Swine flu victim flies to Israel after diagnosis
Woman is seventh confirmed swine flu patient in Israel; passengers on El Al flight advised to report to ER.
A seventh confirmed case of swine flu infection was discovered in Israel, the Health Ministry announced on Friday, as a woman who was diagnosed with the virus during her stay in the United States flew to Israel on May 3.
The woman arrived in Israel on El Al flight 008 which landed at 5 P.M. on May 3. The Health Ministry has requested that all the passengers who were on this flight to report to an emergency room in their area to be tested for the virus if they should experience any flu symptoms.
On Thursday, a sixth patient was diagnosed with the virus, which has so far killed 46 people ? most of them in Mexico. The patient is a 20-year-old woman who checked into Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital last weekend and was confirmed as having contracted the virus after having been released from the hospital.
The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the number of confirmed swine flu patients has reached 2,371 people in 24 countries. Two patients have so far died outside of Mexico, both of them in the U.S.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that both patients who died in the U.S. had suffered from additional medical conditions. The Mexican toddler had a chronic muscle weakness called myasthenia gravis, a heart defect, a swallowing problem and lack of oxygen. Little Miguel Tejada Vazquez fell ill and died during a family visit to Texas.
The pregnant woman, Judy Trunnell, 33, was hospitalized for two weeks until she died Tuesday. The teacher was in a coma, and her baby girl was delivered in a cesarean section. According to the report, she had asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, a skin condition called psoriasis and was 35 weeks pregnant.