File - Health Minister Wael Abu Faour poses for a picture at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Eleven children from Akkar were hospitalized Thursday after displaying symptoms similar to those exhibited by a young relative just before he died, the National News Agency reported, with one of the fathers demanding his kids be tested for swine flu.Tensions ran high in the northern town of Fnaydeq after three siblings and seven cousins of Hasan M. Taleb, who died two days ago, began to show signs of shortness of breath and a high fever, both symptoms associated with swine flu. An emergency room employee at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital confirmed that the hospital did have the capability to conduct tests to detect swine flu, but told The Daily Star that no H1N1 cases had been admitted to the hospital this year.
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