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Another 46 pupils contract H1N1 flu

ANOTHER 46 students were confirmed as having contracted H1N1 influenza at three Chinese schools, health authorities said yesterday.

Twelve cases were reported at a high school in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, early yesterday, a spokesman with the provincial health department said.

Flu-like symptoms were observed among students of Henan Provincial Experimental High School on Thursday, and the health department in Zhengzhou sent a medical team to its campus, he said.

Twelve were diagnosed with H1N1 flu just after midnight and were hospitalized.

The school has suspended classes for all students.

On Thursday night, another 17 cases were reported at a technical school in Zhengzhou, the spokesman said.

Some students began showing symptoms of fever and coughing on Wednesday at Zhengzhou Commercial Technician Institute. Seventeen were diagnosed with H1N1 flu.

A high school in Lixin County of eastern China's Anhui Province reported 17 cases of the flu on Thursday night, the provincial health department said yesterday.

It said the patients were being treated at the county hospital. "They were all in stable condition and none of the cases was life-threatening."

The school announced a seven-day break starting yesterday and quarantined those who had been in close contact with the confirmed patients. All other students had been told to stay home.

The number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases on Chinese campuses has been growing since the fall semester started on Tuesday.


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