Lebanon detects 70 cases of A/H1N1 flu, health minister
Lebanese Health Minister Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh said Thursday that 70 cases of A/H1N1 flu have been reported in Lebanon since the end of May with no death cases, Xinhua reported.
The health minister said that he believes "the number is likely to multiply because the virus spreads quickly," the official National News agency (NNA) reported.
However, Khalifeh, a medical physician himself, said " researches have shown that the virus was not so serious because death rates were limited around the world."
Khalifeh also announced that he would participate in an emergency conference of Arab health ministers to be held on July 22 in Cairo to discuss means and plans of containing the virus ahead of the Muslim pilgrim's season.
On May 30, Lebanon announced the country's first confirmed three cases of influenza A/H1N1, two foreigners and a Lebanese, who have been found infected with the flu at Beirut international airport.
So far, the novel flu virus has caused 94,512 infections in some 136 countries and regions, with 429 deaths, according to latest figures released by the World Health Organization.