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4 Swine Flu Deaths Reported in Lebanon This Winter: Health Ministry

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 11, 2016 at 10:52 PM
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 4 Swine Flu Deaths Reported in Lebanon This Winter: Health Ministry

Swine flu has killed four people in Lebanon since the beginning of the winter season in November 2015, revealed health officials. Walid Ammar, the general director of Lebanon's health ministry, said, "There were four confirmed H1N1 deaths this winter season."

Ammar further added, "The cases that needed emergency care this winter season is up 20% compared to last winter, partly due to a more efficient referral system between the hospitals and the health ministry."

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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said, "The four fatal cases were a child aged three, a 31-year-old woman, a 36-year-old pregnant woman, and a 58-year-old man. Reported cases had increased by 20% but that the number of deaths was comparable with the previous winter season, in which five people died of H1N1."

A regional outbreak of swine flu in 2009 sparked warnings from governments and the World Health Organization. By August 2010, when the WHO lifted its warning, the virus had killed 18,500 people in 214 countries.

Source: AFP
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