Israel suffers second swine flu death


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A second Israeli died of swine flu.

The woman, 24, entered the hospital over the weekend with a fever and difficulty breathing. She died Saturday night.

The Health Ministry confirmed Sunday that the Israeli-Arab woman’s blood samples showed that she was infected with the H1N1 virus.  

On July 30, a pregnant Israeli woman with swine flu who was unconscious and breathing with the help of a respirator delivered a baby by Caesarean section. The woman, 38, had been in her 30th week of the pregnancy. Delivering the baby allowed the doctors to treat the woman more aggressively, according to reports.

She was the second pregnant Israeli woman to be hospitalized with the virus.

Some 20 Israelis have been hospitalized due to the virus. More than 1,100 Israelis have contracted the virus.

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