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City stops on-board flu checks

THE Shanghai Health Bureau yesterday eased some swine flu detection and prevention measures in the city.

It stopped on-board aircraft passenger temperature checks and ceased confinement of people in close contact with suspicious or confirmed swine flu sufferers in designated quarantine quarters.

Officials said the revised measures were in line with decisions made by the State Council, China's cabinet, and the Ministry of Health in relation to the epidemic.

Authorities will continue to check passenger's temperatures through scanners at airports and other transport hubs, while medical measures will be tightened to detect people with fever and respiratory conditions.

Visitors from other countries and regions suffering from flu symptoms will be treated at designated medical facilities, while their close contacts will be confined to home or residence for observation.

Shanghai reported seven new swine flu cases yesterday, taking the city's total cases to 156.

Health officials said the new phase of swine flu prevention and control would still focus on reducing second-generation patients, preventing a wider outbreak, enhancing treatment to critical patients and getting ready for a change in the epidemic's status.

Shanghai will strive to limit the number of critical and fatal cases, tighten supervision in key places such as schools, communities and public venues, enhance flu epidemic monitoring and adequately prepare for a second wave of the disease.

Information on swine flu prevention and control also will be more widely promoted.

"Shanghai got good results in the battle against swine flu," said Xu Jianguang, director of the Shanghai Health Bureau. "So far, there is no community outbreak, no second-generation patients and no critical patients in the city.

"Proper prevention and treatment measures not only effectively stopped the spread of the disease but also helped many patients recover quickly," Xu said.

The Chinese mainland confirmed 42 new cases of H1N1 influenza yesterday, bringing the total to 1002.

Hong Kong reported 26 new cases yesterday, bringing the total to 927 in the city.


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