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Officials quarantine 4 with A-H1N1

LOCAL entry-exit quarantine authorities found four people with A-H1N1 influenza on a Liberian cargo ship last week. The ship, as well as the affected crew, has left the city, officials said yesterday.

On Thursday, the Waigao-qiao Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau received a report saying that three crew members on the cargo ship "Northern Juvenile" were suffering from fever and a cough, typical A-H1N1 symptoms. As soon as the ship docked, bureau officials boarded and checked crew members' temperatures.

Officials found that another member, who had close -contact with the ill men, also had a high fever. The four were sent to Pudong Infectious Disease Hospital for further tests and diagnosis.

Doctors suggested the patients be quarantined, and the four were sent back to the ship where they were held in -isolation. The ship left the city the next day.

On Saturday, the Shanghai Center for Disease Control confirmed that the four crew members had A-H1N1. The bureau informed the ship at once, warning them to take measures to prevent the disease from spreading further.

Local health officials said the A-H1N1 situation is stable in Shanghai and the number of cases continues to fall.

"We received few patients seriously affected by swine flu recently and there have been no deaths so far," said Dr Lu Hongzhou, vice president of the Shanghai Public Health Center.


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