Swine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the H1N1 virus. The Jordan health ministry has reported that five people have died from swine flu since the beginning of the year and about 130 cases have been recorded.
Daifallah Lozi, a senior ministry official, said, "The health ministry has this year registered five deaths from the H1N1 virus and 130 cases. The deaths included elderly people, children under five and those with chronic ailments."
Lozi has urged Jordanians to seek vaccination against the H1N1 strain of flu.