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Palestinian dies from swine flu in Israeli hospital

Feb. 9, 2016 1:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2016 1:46 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man from Tubas in the northern West Bank died from a strain of swine flu on Tuesday, in the third death caused by the virus this year, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said in a statement that the 40-year-old man had been receiving treatment for the H1N1 virus in an Israeli hospital.

It added that H1N1 has killed three Palestinians from the West Bank in 2016 so far and hospitalized around 320 Palestinians.

H1N1 is a subtype of the Influenza A virus and has spread to both human and pig populations. It was the most common strain of flu in 2009, leading the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes severe illness, particularly in young people, the elderly, and those with preexisting health conditions.

However, symptoms are no more severe within varying strains, and H1N1 is not associated with a particular increase in influenza activity. The best protection is a flu vaccine every year.
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