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City's latest 2 flu victims have US link

TWO Chinese women have been confirmed as Shanghai's sixth and seventh cases of swine flu, the city government spokesman said yesterday.

The women, who arrived on separate flights from the United States, received initial treatment at Ruijin Hospital on Monday. They were sent to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center for quarantine and treatment after testing positive for the H1N1 flu virus by the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Both patients were in stable condition yesterday, and all 14 of their close contacts were under quarantine and did not show flu symptoms, spokesman Chen Qiwei said.

The sixth case was a 60-year-old woman who arrived in Shanghai early Friday on China Eastern Airlines flight MU588, which originated in New York. She began experiencing fever, coughing and sneezing on Sunday morning.

The woman went to Ruijin Hospital on Monday morning with a temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius and flu-like respiratory symptoms.

The other case involved an 18-year-old Anhui Province native who was studying at a US high school. She came to Shanghai on Saturday morning on United Airlines flight UA835, which went from New York to Chicago to Pudong International Airport.

She suffered fever, coughing and throat pain on Monday morning and went to Ruijin Hospital's fever clinic for treatment.

Shanghai's first confirmed swine flu case was reported on May 25 and involved a Chinese man surnamed Shu who arrived on an Air China flight from Melbourne.

Another passenger and a flight attendant on the same flight with Shu became the city's third and fourth swine flu victims. All the other cases were from the US.

Shu was discharged from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center on Saturday, while the other patients remained under hospital treatment.

"All the patients are in stable condition," center official Hou Youjiang said yesterday.


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