Breaking News

Syriza Projected to Win Greek Election With 36.5%: Ministry

Palestinian Death Toll From Outbreak of Swine Flu Rises to 21

The death toll from an outbreak of the H1N1 virus in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has risen to 21, all the victims children or elderly people.

Since the beginning of winter, 19 people have died in the West Bank and two in Gaza, Dr. Asad Rimlawi, director of public health at the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the West Bank, said in a telephone interview.

A total of 640 people have been infected by the virus, also known as Swine Flu, Rimlawi said. Authorities are promoting the use of vaccinations and general community awareness, he added.

Gregory Hartl, spokesman for the World Health Organization, said that outbreaks of flu during colder months are not unusual.

“It’s the northern hemisphere, it is winter so there will be flu,” he said in a telephone interview. “Which specific virus causes the most illness varies from year to year, but certainly H1N1 is now a seasonal influenza virus and we expect it to cause illness.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Fadwa Hodali in Jerusalem at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.