JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- A four-year-old Israeli girl, diagnosed with
A/H1N1 flu, died, bringing the total number of this influenza-related deaths in
Israel to 12, the website of local daily Haaretz reported Saturday.
The girl, living in Israel's northern village of Umm al-Ganam, died on
Friday. She was hospitalized on Tuesday with a high fever and then confirmed to
have contracted the A/H1N1 virus.
The girl also suffered from Osteoporosis, literally "stone bone", an
extremely rare inherited disorder whereby the bones becoming denser and possibly
resulting in a failed immune system, said the report.
However, the Israeli Health Ministry said it could not rule with certainty
that the girl died of the flu.
About a dozen other A/H1N1 flu patients are still in intensive care units
across the country, where official statistics showed that among some seven
million residents, over 2,100 have been diagnosed with the global pandemic.
Israeli health experts have warned that about one quarter of the total
Israeli population would contract the virus during a possible outbreak this
winter, among whom around 700 would die.
The Health Ministry on Wednesday instructed all hospitals to increase their
staff as of November 1 to cope with the expected flu outbreak in winter.
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