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First virus case for Shanghai

SHANGHAI today confirmed its first human case of the A/H1N1 virus – a 30-year-old man who arrived from Australia on Saturday – according to the municipal government.

The Chinese man, Shu, who lived in Australia and was employed by an Australia company, tested positive for the virus this morning, said Chen Qiwei, the spokesman for the Shanghai Municipal Government.

Shu is now being treated at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and is reported to be in a stable condition with his temperature dropping to 36.6 Celsius degree and most of his symptoms abated.

Thirty-one people who had close contact with him have been isolated for medical observation and are all healthy.

Authorities have also traced all the other 45 inbound passengers and told them to stay inside and report to community health service centers everyday.

The CA178 flight Shu took had 188 passengers and 15 crew members.

China now has 11 confirmed cases after a 19-year-old man in the eastern Zhejiang Province, who studied at St. John's University in New York, tested positive after returning to his hometown Wenzhou on Friday.


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