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OPT: Swine flu claims six lives in Gaza in five days, officials say

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Gaza_(dpa) _ A 56-year-old Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip died on Thursday in a Gaza hospital of swine flu, doctors in the Hamas-run ministry of health in the salient said.

Her death brings to six the number of Gazans who have died of the disease in the past six days.

Another 25 people are known to be infected with the virus, amid a shortage of vaccinations in Gaza hospitals, the ministry said.

The ministry said the latest fatality had previously suffered from a heart failure and a severe lung infection. A doctor, three women, a child and a man had died over the past five days.

The ministry called on Arab and foreign countries to urgently send the needed vaccinations to Gaza, and said the ministry is in ongoing contact with the World Health Organization and the ministry of health in Ramallah.

Meanwhile, an official in the health ministry of the West Bank government of Salam Fayyad said Ramallah had already sent to Gaza an amount of anti swine flu vaccinations, and said more would be sent in the coming days.

Israel said on December 8 that it has transferred 10,000 vaccinations against swine flu to the Gaza Strip. dpa sar jab ms

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