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Israel records 2nd swine flu death

world Updated: Aug 03, 2009 11:20 IST

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Israel has recorded its second death from swine flu, that of a 24-year-old Arab woman in the north of the country, the health ministry announced.

It said Jihan Assad Mussa, from Tarshiha, who was chronically overweight, had been hospitalised in Nahariya several days previously suffering from pneumonia.

She died on Saturday evening, and an examination yesterday revealed she had been infected with the (A)H1N1 virus.

Health ministry figures show there are currently 1,700 known swine flu cases in Israel, where the authorities estimate that up to a quarter of the population - about 1.85 million people could be infected by the virus.

However, the ministry expects the effects of the disease to be relatively benign in a majority of cases.

Israel's first confirmed swine flu death was that of a 35-year-old man in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat on July 25.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the health authorities to buy up swine flu vaccine for the country's entire 7.5 million population.

His office put the likely cost of the vaccine stock-up at some $115 million.

The authorities have imposed strict health controls at border crossings and airports.