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City on alert, but H1N1 situation stable

SHANGHAI was working on a swine flu vaccination plan yesterday even though the situation here was stable.

Since the city's first case of the H1N1 virus was reported on May 25,574 people had contracted the disease and the vast majority had recovered, the Shanghai Health Bureau reported yesterday.

Among the victims, 127 were receiving home treatment yesterday, and only one was in a hospital - though in critical condition. There have been no deaths.

That hospital patient, a 35-year-old male migrant worker, remained in a coma, authorities said. He was suffering from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia and was the city's first serious case of the disease.

Shanghai has experienced sporadic swine flu cases, but the situation is under control and there have been no major outbreaks in the schools, health officials said.

The health bureau said the city will carry out seasonal flu vaccinations for key groups such as medical staff, children, teachers, public service workers and the elderly from this month through November as the peak season has begun.

Seasonal flu cases are running at about normal levels, health officials said, without releasing specific figures.

A plan for swine flu shots is still being developed by city government.

"We will follow the arrangements of local government and the Ministry of Health," said Song Guofan, a health bureau official. "The injections will be launched gradually, and key population segments will be the first to receive them. The shots will be voluntary and also free."

Though the H1N1 virus is highly contagious, it can be cured with timely treatment and rehabilitation, according to health authorities.

They urged residents not to panic and to follow good health practices such as frequent hand washing and avoiding crowds if possible.


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