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City posts 8th case of swine flu

SHANGHAI Health authorities yesterday confirmed the city's eighth case of swine flu and advised travelers returning from countries where the H1N1 virus is active to voluntarily isolate themselves at home for seven days as a precaution against spreading the disease.

The advisory was not mandatory, and people who decide to follow the practice will have to work out compensation issues with their employers on their own, authorities said.

People were also urged to visit a hospital immediately if they begin experiencing a fever or other flu symptoms.

A Beijing swine flu patient recently gained widespread notoriety after failing to see a doctor for several days after developing symptoms, potentially exposing dozens of people to the illness. None of his contacts have tested positive for the virus so far, however.

Shanghai's newest case involves an 18-year-old Chinese woman who was studying in America and arrived at Pudong International Airport at 1:30pm on Thursday on Continental Airlines flight CO087 from Newark, New Jersey.

The woman began experiencing fever and coughing that night and was taken by her family to Xinhua Hospital. She tested positive for swine yesterday morning and transferred to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center.

The woman and three other swine flu patients were in stable condition yesterday. All are Chinese women who flew in from the United States. The four other local victims were released after recovery.

The World Health Organization says swine flu has claimed 125 lives. It says 69 countries have reported 21,940 cases of the H1N1 flu virus.


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