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Cases of H1N1 now total 7 on mainland

TWO more people have tested positive for swine flu in Beijing - bringing the number of cases on the Chinese mainland to seven overall, the capital's municipal health bureau said yesterday.

The latest case involved a 65-year-old Chinese American surnamed Li who flew to Beijing from New York on Thursday on flight CA982.

His body temperature was 37.5 degrees Celsius when he arrived, and he was sent immediately to Ditan Hospital.

Li was the fourth person confirmed to have contracted the H1N1 virus in the Chinese capital.

Earlier in the day, Beijing reported its third case, a 69-year man surnamed Zhang, who had just returned from Canada.

Zhang arrived in Beijing with his wife last Saturday on flight AC031 from Toronto, the Beijing Health Department said.

The couple were picked up by their son at the airport and driven home in a private car.

Zhang began to develop a fever around 9am on Thursday along with muscle pain. He was then taken to No. 302 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army for treatment, where he remains in quarantine.

His condition was stable yesterday, and his temperature had returned to normal.


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