E. J'lem man is winter's first swine flu fatality
This is the first fatality this winter of the disease that claimed the lives of 96 patients in Israel before last April.
A 32-year-old man from East Jerusalem died yesterday of swine flu at Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus. The patient, who had no chronic diseases, was hospitalized on Monday with flu complications. His condition soon deteriorated.
On Thursday, lab tests confirmed he was carrying the H1N1 strain virus, commonly known as the swine flu. He was placed in quarantine and continued receiving treatment, but died yesterday afternoon. This is the first fatality this winter of the disease that claimed the lives of 96 patients in Israel before last April.
This year, the swine flu vaccine is included in the seasonal flu vaccine provided by the country's Health Maintenance Organizations. It is recommended for people who fall into high-risk groups - which include adults over 65, children between six months and five years in age, pregnant women, patients with chronic diseases and medical teams.
The man who died yesterday did not receive a vaccine, but also did not fall into any of the high-risk groups.