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City swine flu patients cleared

THE patients who were reported as the city's second, third and fourth human cases of swine flu have recovered and been discharged from hospital today.

The Shanghai Public Health Clinic Center, where the three patients were quarantined, received a report at 9:30am saying they had again tested negative for the H1N1 virus.

The three were quarantined on the weekend. For the past three days their temperatures had dropped to normal and other symptoms disappeared.

Professor Zhang Zhiyong, the director of the center, said all the patients had recovered well now and there had been no repeats of the symptoms.

The city's first human case, a Chinese passenger from Melbourne, recovered and was discharged from hospital four days ago.

The fifth case, a flight attendant on the same flight from Melbourne, now has no symptoms and tested negative for the virus for the first time. She is expected to leave if she tests negative again, Zhang said.

The sixth and seventh cases, all Chinese from the United States, now have normal temperatures but still have some symptoms.

A team of medical staff – four doctors, four nurses and two orderlies – who looked after the first patients will now spend a week in quarantine themselves.


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