Jordan records 66 swine flu cases
Tuesday, 08 January 2013
AMMAN: Jordan has seen a spurt in the number of swine flu "H1N1" cases after 66 people were confirmed positive in the Kingdom.
Jordanian daily (Al-Dustour) quoted Jordanian Minister of Health Abdul Latif Wreikat as saying that the cases registered up until Monday night rose to 66 cases after 11 new cases were confirmed positive.
A 26-year-old man died in hospital on Saturday after contracting H1N1 flu, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a statement sent to The Jordan Times, Minister Wreikat said the man had been admitted to Princess Basma Hospital in Irbid suffering from symptoms of pneumonia. After examining the patient, doctors there diagnosed him with H1N1 flu.
According to Wreikat, the patient’s medical condition was critical because he also had cardiovascular disease.
Health Ministry Spokesperson Hatem Azruie told The Jordan Times over the phone that the ministry would launch a hotline on Monday for anyone who suspects they may have H1N1 to call in and report their symptoms.
Last Thursday, Wreikat said 49 cases of H1N1 flu had been registered in the Kingdom since the beginning of winter.
The H1N1 virus first emerged in Jordan in June 2009 with 3,049 cases and 16 related fatalities registered in the country that year.
The strain re-emerged in December 2010, causing 289 illnesses and 17 related deaths. (QNA)