File- A woman gets a voluntary flu vaccination from nurse. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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The Health Ministry and a south Lebanon hospital Tuesday flatly denied that the country is witnessing an outbreak of the swine flu after news emerged of the deaths of two patients who displayed H1N1-like symptoms.Ibrahim Salman, 55, passed away Tuesday at the Lebanese-Italian Hospital in Tyre after being admitted for pneumonia -- a symptom typical of a fatal strain of the swine flu, a medical source told The Daily Star. The source in south Lebanon told The Daily Star that there are at least seven patients with severe pulmonary inflammation currently seeking treatment in hospitals across Tyre.The deaths of two patients in the Tyre hospital have raised questions over whether a fatal strain of the swine flu virus, which causes acute respiratory tract infection, is behind the symptoms.Swine flu spread to global pandemic levels in 2009 .
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