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Orthodox Israelis Pray As 100,000 Stricken with ‘asian Flu’

With more than 100,000 Israelis stricken thus far by the epidemic of Asian influenza in this country, health authorities warned today that a second, heavier wave of the “flu” may be expected. So far, there have been five fatalities attributed to Asian influenza.

The Council of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox rabbis today called on all Jews in this country to recite special prayers all this week at morning services, invoking divine intercession against the epidemic.