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3 children critical with swine flu in Shanghai

THREE children are in a critical condition in a Shanghai hospital suffering from swine flu.

A migrant girl, 3, from eastern China's Anhui Province and a Shanghai girl, 6, were sent to the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, a designated facility, on Saturday and Monday to join the Shanghai boy, 6, who has been there since November 19.

The three are among the nine children severely sickened by swine flu in the city.

By Monday, the city detected a total of 26 serious cases of swine flu without fatalities and at least two patients have made full recoveries.

Eleven new serious cases were reported from last Friday to Monday.

Shanghai has reported 2,074 cases of swine flu since detecting the first case in May, however officials urged people to remain calm and said there was no epidemic in communities or schools.

"Apart from the three children in a critical condition, the other serious cases are stable," said Liu Yumei, an official of the Fudan hospital. "The two girls in a critical condition are on a respiratory machine, while the boy has been removed from the machine."

The Shanghai Health Bureau said the incidence of swine flu cases was stable in the city.

China renewed its swine-flu prevention and control policy in September to focus on patients seriously sickened by the virus instead of every case, the bureau said.

Hospitals do not conduct swine-flu virus checks on each patient with mild flu-like symptoms, focusing instead on the early detection of serious cases, it said.

The Shanghai figures come from flu-surveillance hospitals across the city's 17 districts and Chongming County, reflecting the general level of the disease and its tendency.

"The situation with swine flu announced by the Shanghai Health Bureau is in line with its actual prevalence and its incidence is stable compared with other regions in the nation," said Song Guofan, a bureau official.

According to the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, inspections confirmed there was no evidence showing a flu outbreak like that of 1957 and present flu-like cases were lower than in 2006, a heavy year.


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