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Hotels to begin fever checks

SHANGHAI hotels are being told to begin taking the temperature of guests from China and any other countries reporting swine flu before they are allowed to check in.

The China Tourism and Hotels Association posted a notice ordering the new measure on its Website on Monday night.

Any guest who registers a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius either at check-in or during his or her stay will be reported to the local center for disease control and taken to a designated fever hospital to be checked for swine flu.

Several inns such as the Garden Hotel and the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao said yesterday that they had not received the notice but would be prepared to act when they do so.

Temperature checks continued at city airports for travelers returning from swine flu areas.

Also yesterday, Shanghai freed 95 people who returned to the city on a flight from Mexico after they passed a seven-day quarantine without flu symptoms at a Pudong hotel.

Four passengers were kept, however, after one was found to have a slight temperature.

Three people who had been in close contact with that person also remained in quarantine until tests later in the evening discounted the presence of swine flu.


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