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China confirms another three swine flu cases on the mainland

CHINA reported three new swine flu cases yesterday, bringing to 24 the total number of confirmed cases on the mainland.

One in the southeastern province of Fujian was a local man who studied in Canada. The other two, in Beijing, are a Chinese American and a Chinese student who studied in the United States.

Doctors confirmed the 23-year-old man in Fujian had the H1N1 virus after assessing his symptoms and after laboratory tests yesterday afternoon.

Thirty-six out of 46 people who had close contact with him have been quarantined. Health authorities are tracking another eight. Two have left China.

The man left Toronto on Tuesday and arrived in Shanghai at 3:35pm on Wednesday on Air Canada flight AC087. He stayed at a hotel in Shanghai on Wednesday night and left for Xiamen, Fujian, on Xiamen Airlines flight MFA 8502 the following morning. Then he took a car with his relatives to go back home in Dehua County of Quanzhou City in the province.

On Friday morning, he developed a headache and sore throat and went to a local hospital. That night, he was tested positive for H1N1 by the municipal Center of Disease Control and Prevention of Quanzhou City. The provincial Center of Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the results yesterday.

The US citizen, surnamed Bao, left Chicago for Beijing on Tuesday on flight UA851. The 54-year-old woman developed a dry throat and a stuffy and running nose on Thursday. She was sent to hospital after her temperature rose to 38.1 degrees Celsius on Friday.

The student in Beijing, surnamed Li, arrived in the capital on flight C089 at 3pm on Wednesday and went to the doctor on Friday after showing symptoms of fever and body aches.

The two were tested positive for H1N1 by the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

They are in stable condition and their temperatures have returned to normal.

All the cases but one on the mainland were found shortly after they came from countries hard hit by the H1N1 epidemic. Seven were in Beijing, four in Shanghai, six in Guangdong, three in Fujian, and one each in Sichuan, Shandong, Zhejiang and Hunan.

Eight cases had been discharged from hospital by yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, a woman in Guangdong Province who was declared the first case of local transmission on the mainland is recovering in hospital and her symptoms have eased. The 24-year-old was thought to have been infected by a man from New York.




 

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