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Swine flu freighter docks in Shanghai

A PANAMANIAN ocean freighter carrying a sailor with swine flu docked in a Shanghai port yesterday evening, prompting local authorities to take high-level quarantine efforts at the port.

The 36-year-old Filipino sailor, Gentroles Sufronio, was discovered to have a high temperature during a quarantine check on Wednesday when the ship arrived from Japan at the Beilun Port in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

The Zhejiang authority examined the man, who tested positive for swine flu on Thursday morning, making him the first confirmed case of swine flu on ships at Chinese domestic ports, said Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port immigration police.

The immigration police said the Zhejiang authority promptly informed them to prepare for the ship's arrival at the Waigaoqiao Port.

Quarantine and immigration officers boarded the vessel in protective suits right after the freighter docked at the local port at 6pm yesterday.

Dock workers were banned from contact with the sailors as they transferred freight.

The sailor has been sent to the designated swine flu treatment hospital in Jinshan District as his ship was scheduled to leave Shanghai for Japan today.

"We have allowed the sailor to get off the ship first to be sent to hospital immediately. We will complete his immigration paperwork later because it's a special and urgent case," said Zhang Xinxin, a port immigration police officer.


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