First Published: 2009-10-26

Swine flu claims first victim in Lebanon

Pregnant 30-year-old woman dies from A(H1N1) virus, Beirut private school closes for one week.


Middle East Online

BEIRUT - Lebanon confirmed its first swine flu death on Monday, with the health ministry saying the A(H1N1) virus claimed the life of a pregnant 30-year-old woman.

"The deceased was thirty years old and eight months pregnant," a ministry statement said, adding that the woman died on Saturday.

The woman had been suffering from respiratory problems and high fever but tests done "before and after the death show she was carrying the new flu virus," the statement said.

Meanwhile a Beirut private school announced on Monday that was shutting its doors for one week after a more than 30 students showed flu symptoms.

Over the past weeks, the government has stopped issuing swine flu statistics but according to the last estimates reported in the summer there were more than 1,000 cases in Lebanon.

In August, a man with advanced lymph gland cancer was found to have been carrying the swine flu virus upon his death, but the virus was never pinned down as the cause of death.

The World Health Organization said nearly 5,000 swine flu deaths had been recorded as of October 18.


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