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City's 1st H1N1 case is mainland's 11th

A 30-YEAR-OLD Chinese man who flew in from Australia over the weekend has been confirmed as Shanghai's first case of swine flu and the 11th on China's mainland, the Ministry of Health reported yesterday.

The patient, surnamed Shu, was in stable condition. His temperature fell to a normal 36.6 degrees Celsius, and all other flu symptoms had diminished, city government spokesman Chen Qiwei said.

Shu arrived on Saturday on Air China CA178 flight from Melbourne.

The man was found to be running a temperature on arrival and was taken to a hospital in Pudong New Area for quarantine and diagnosis.

After the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said he was suspected of having swine flu on Sunday morning, Shu was transferred to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a designated hospital for swine flu patients.

His close contacts - 24 passengers and seven crew members - were placed in quarantine on Saturday night. None has shown flu symptoms.

"Experts from the Ministry of Health and the city are directing treatment for the patient," said Hou Youjiang of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. "Treatment is running smoothly."

Meanwhile, air industry sources said they have received notice that staff from the Shanghai Entry-Exit Quarantine Bureau will board all foreign flights for temperature checks before passengers are allowed into local terminals.

The quarantine bureau, however, would not confirm the information yesterday.

Last week, bureau officials said they performed on-board temperature checks only on arriving flights from Mexico, the United States and Japan, which have reported large numbers of swine flu cases.

Such checks usually take 20 minutes to half an hour.

Passengers from other flu-affected countries were required to walk through special channels inside the terminal that are equipped with whole-body scanners.




 

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