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Shanghai's fifth victim

SHANGHAI yesterday confirmed its fifth case of swine flu - a 23-year-old female Chinese student from the United States.

The woman, who was studying at a US college, took CX0831 flight from New York to Hong Kong on Thursday and arrived at Pudong International Airport on flight KA870 later that night and was driven home by her family, Chen Qiwei, spokesman for city government, said.

She developed a fever at 5pm on Saturday and went to a branch of Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital in Songjiang District at about 8pm with family members.

She was quarantined at the hospital with a temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius and reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Songjiang District.

A test yesterday by the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention was positive for the H1N1 virus.

The patient was then sent to the Shanghai Public Health Clinic Center, a designated hospital for swine flu cases, and confirmed to be the city's fifth case by experts there.

She is in a stable condition after treatment, Chen said.

She was reported to have worn a mask throughout her journey from the US and passed airport checks.

Eight family members and friends who were her close contacts will be under medical observation for a week. All are healthy and showing no symptoms.

The city's first case, a Chinese passenger from Melbourne, has recovered and discharged from hospital.

The other three patients are still in hospital but are all in a stable condition.


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