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New Orleans mayor in quarantine

RAY Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans in the United States, his wife and an associate have been put under quarantine in a local hotel, the Shanghai government information office today confirmed to Shanghai Daily.

Their plane landed in Shanghai on Saturday and the passenger, a Frenchman, who had flu symptoms, was later confirmed to have caught swine flu becoming the city's 10th case.

Nagin's office said that the couple and a security guard with them had no flu symptoms. The plane flew from Newark, New Jersey on Friday.

Nagin came to Shanghai for an economic development trip.

The quarantine may upset his scheduled trip to Sydney, where he was to lead a panel discussion on climate change at the 2009 National Summit of the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney.

"We are aware that American citizens are quarantined in several provinces and municipalities in China. We are unable to provide any information about particular cases under the limitations of the Privacy Act," said a spokesperson for the US Consulate General in Shanghai today.

The mayor is being treated with "utmost courtesy" by Chinese officials, the mayor's office said.

Shanghai officials said the mayor was quarantined along with others sitting close to the flu victim as a precaution. Quarantine usually lasts for a week.


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