Israel’s Ministry of Health is calling on the Israeli public to take precautionary steps in order to avoid flu complications in light of another recent outbreak of H1N1 throughout Israel.
“We are calling upon the public, especially pregnant women, children, and people with previous conditions to get vaccinations,” said a Health Ministry spokesperson to Tazpit Press Service (TPS).
The Health Ministry informed TPS of the background diseases and conditions that were of particular concern regarding H1N1. “A portion of those who have previous conditions and diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, Down Syndrome, and pregnancy, raise the risk of flu complications,” the Ministry stressed.
Approximately a dozen Israelis are suffering from H1N1 symptoms as of early this afternoon. “The Health Ministry is aware of 11 seriously ill patients with the H1N1 disease, one of whom is already deceased,” the Ministry told TPS.
Five patients in Jerusalem have been treated for H1N1 symptoms, including three patients at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, one at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus, and one at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
Three patients have been treated in the greater Tel Aviv area, including two at Sheba Medical Center and one at Ichilov Hospital. The other three patients are being treated at Soroka Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.
More recently, the Galilee Hospital in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya announced that a 55-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman are also suffering from the influenza H1N1 virus. Both reportedly have been hospitalized for several days and have been given anesthesia. (TPS)