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Official: Swine flu death toll rises to 15 in West Bank

Jan. 13, 2013 7:51 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 3:09 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fifteen people have died in the West Bank after contracting the Swine Flu virus, a Palestinian Authority health ministry official said Sunday.

Tareef Ashour announced that a woman died from the H1N1 virus on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 15 people. There have been 511 cases of Swine Flu in the West Bank and 19 in the Gaza Strip, he added.

Director of public health Dr. Asad Ramlawi said that the virus will most likely continue to spread in Palestine until around March.

He called on people to take measures to protect themselves from the virus, noting that one person has also died from regular flu.

Children under five, the elderly and those suffering from ongoing medical illnesses are most at risk.
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