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Chinese held in good health

THE 117 people still under quarantine in Shanghai as a result of swine flu precautions were in good health last night, a government spokesman said.

The group comprises 98 Chinese passengers who were brought back from Mexico on Wednesday on a charter flight, a doctor sent from Shanghai who supervised the trip home and others who had been in close contact with the travelers. They were placed under a seven-day quarantine in a hotel in Pudong New Area to make sure they had not contracted swine flu during their visit to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.

As of last night, Shanghai had reported no confirmed or even suspicious case of the H1N1 virus.

To prevent possible cross infection, those quarantined are housed in separate rooms and given two temperature checks a day and swine flu information. They are not allowed to leave their room.

Medical staff consult with the returned travelers every day, and their rooms will be disinfected daily. Other areas of the hotel will be sterilized in the morning and afternoon.

Officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration are checking all dishes served to the quarantined people to ensure food safety.


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