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Shanghai receives 'all clear' message

IN Shanghai, unlike other areas of China, Japan and some Western countries, the H1N1 virus has not mutated.

Shanghai Health Bureau officials said yesterday that city's flu-surveillance hospitals had not detected mutations.

So far, Shanghai has vaccinated more than 850,000 people among 2.1 million of the at-risk population, such as students and teachers of primary and middle schools and medical personnel.

No major adverse reactions to the inoculations have been reported in the city.

All swine-flu vaccinations will be completed by the end of next month, according to health officials.

"The vaccine is still the best protection against the virus," said Dr Lu Hongzhou, a member of Shanghai's expert panel on swine-flu prevention and control.

The incidence of swine flu is still "stable" in the city.

A primary school in Changning District delayed swine-flu shots yesterday and shut the school for half a day for disinfection after some teachers suffered fever and some students developed colds.

By last Thursday, Shanghai had reported 1,688 swine-flu patients, including four serious cases.

Two severely sick people have recovered, while the latest two patients, a Shanghai man, 43, and a Shanghai boy, 6, are in hospital.

According to Xu Jianguang, director of the Shanghai Health Bureau, the city will redraft prevention plans under the direction of the Ministry of Health if Shanghai or other domestic regions find mutated swine flu virus.

However, he said even if it mutated, it shouldn't influence a large number of people.


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