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City reports 2nd case of swine flu

SHANGHAI confirmed its second victim of swine flu yesterday and was treating a new suspected case involving a man who came to the city from Australia, city government spokesman Chen Qiwei said.

The confirmed case involved a 26-year-old Chinese woman who was studying at a university in the United States and flew to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on American Airlines flight AA289 last Saturday.

She developed a cough and had a temperature of 37.1 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, and her temperature rose to 38 degrees early Tuesday. Her blood sample was sent on Wednesday to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, which confirmed she had contracted the H1N1 virus.

The patient's fever has dropped to 37.4 degrees and other flu symptoms have eased, Chen said yesterday.

The suspected case involved a 22-year-old Chinese man who landed at the Pudong airport from Australia on Saturday on Air China flight CA178.

The man was on the same flight as Shanghai's first confirmed case, a man surnamed Shu. The suspected flu patient was placed in quarantine on Saturday with 23 other passengers and seven air crew members who had close contact with Shu.

The patient developed a cough on Monday and his fever rose to 37.7 degrees on Wednesday. He was being treated last night at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, and his blood samples have been sent for further testing to determine whether he has the virus.

Shu's doctor, Zhang Zhiyong, said Shu was doing well and his temperature was back to normal. The 30-year-old Chinese man is expected to fully recover and leave the hospital in 10 days.


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