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Health ministry announces 2nd H1N1 death in Jordan

Amman, Jan 13 (Petra) — A woman in her forties died at an Amman hospital becoming the second victim of an outbreak of Swine Flu in the Kingdom, Health Minister Abdullatif Wreikat announced on Sunday.

He said in a statement that the woman was last Sunday admitted to a private hospital for a lung infection and lab tests revealed that she had contracted the H1N1 virus.

The minister said medical staff initially suspected she had H1N1 and was given the necessary treatment but she died on Friday.

He said 75 H1N1 cases had been reported countrywide. A man in his twenties died on January 6 of multiple congenital disorders after he was infected with the deadly virus.

Wreikat said that H1N1 is a seasonal flu but assured that vaccines and necessary medicines are available for treatment, calling on the public to immediately report to medical centres or hospitals in case of any signs of severe flu.

He said early detection of the virus would prevent complications.


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