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City reports flu suspect

SHANGHAI health authorities said yesterday that they're treating a new suspected case of swine flu, involving a 26-year-old Chinese woman who flew to the city from the United States over the weekend.

Blood samples from the patient had been sent to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, city government spokesman Chen Qiwei said yesterday.

If the woman is confirmed to be carrying the H1N1 virus, she would become the city's second case of swine flu.

The woman, who is studying at a university in the United States, landed at Pudong International Airport on American Airlines flight AA289 on Saturday afternoon.

She developed a cough and a temperature of 37.1 degrees Celsius on Monday morning. Her fever rose to 38 degrees early Tuesday, and she tested "weakly positive" for swine flu yesterday.

She was being treated at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, Chen said.


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