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Swine flu victim improves

THE city's first major swine flu victim has improved although he is still in a critical condition and in a coma, doctors said today.

The 35-year-old patient surnamed Liu has stopped taking flu remedy Tamiflu and medicine for low blood pressure, although he is still depending on a machine to breathe.

"His situation has improved, but his condition is still severe," said Dr Lu Hongzhou, an infectious disease expert monitoring the patient's treatment.

Officials from Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital's Songjiang branch said Liu tested negative to the H1N1swine flu virus after treatment.

Liu, a migrant worker from Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, experienced severe symptoms and difficulty breathing last Thursday and was diagnosed with swine flu last Friday.


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