JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- A 12-year-old Israeli girl who developed the A/H1N1 influenza and also had a severe chronic disease died on Thursday, reported local news service Ynet.
It is still unknown whether the A/H1N1 virus was the main cause of her death, the third among the over 1,300 Israeli who have been diagnosed with the pandemic. The previous two deaths were a 24-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man.
The deceased girl was hospitalized some two weeks ago after contracting the A/H1N1 virus, and was released after certain treatment, said the report, adding that then she suffered a heart attack and was sent back to the hospital in critical condition, where she was later declared dead.
Israeli health experts have warned that some one quarter of the Israeli population would contract the virus during a possible outbreak this winter, among whom around 700 would die. The Israeli government has pledged to purchase a large amount of vaccines for precaution.
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