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China puts 7 under medical attention

SEVEN passengers from a flu-infected international flight were placed in quarantine in China yesterday, the Health Ministry said.

Three Japanese passengers boarding the US Northwest Airlines flight NW025, which flew from Canada to Japan via the United States on Friday, had been diagnosed with swine flu, the ministry said.

Of the co-passengers, some had left Japan, including seven who arrived in Shanghai and Beijing on Friday night.

All have been put under medical observation, according to the ministry.

Four, including three Chinese from Henan Province, and an American, are in quarantine in a Shanghai medical facility.

The other three are in quarantine separately in Beijing and Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.

China had earlier quarantined 166 passengers who were on board flight AM098 from Mexico City to Shanghai on April 30 after a Mexican, one of the travelers, was later confirmed in Hong Kong to have swine flu, Asia's first case of the H1N1 influenza.

Among them, 38 Mexican passengers and crew were flown back to Mexico on Monday. The remaining 128 passengers, including a few Mexican nationals, continued their weeklong quarantine across China until Thursday when they were released after showing no flu-like symptoms or had tested negative to the virus.

No confirmed or suspected cases had been reported on the Chinese mainland as of 8am yesterday, the ministry said.


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