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China reports two more domestic flu cases

China's Ministry of Health reported two more confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases today, bringing the total number of infections to 41 on the Chinese mainland.

The new cases, from the central provinces of Hubei and Henan, were confirmed this morning according to clinical diagnosis, epidemiological investigation and lab tests, the ministry said.

A 20-year-old man who studied in Canada became Hubei's first confirmed patient. He flew from Canada on May 24, transferring flights in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to Guangzhou. He stayed in Guangzhou for two days before taking train T120 on Wednesday evening to Hubei's capital, Wuhan, arriving Thursday morning.

On Thursday night, he developed a headache and sore throat and went to a local hospital.

He was transferred to Wuhan Medical Treatment Center and quarantined.

The other case in Henan involved a 3-year-old girl, who arrived with relatives in Zhengzhou on Thursday on Korean Air flight KE809from Seoul, where she had transferred from a flight from Las Vegas. She and her family were driven home by her uncle.

The girl had a high fever Saturday night, and was taken to hospital Sunday morning by her family. Her fever had subsided.

Health departments from the two provinces were tracing those in close contact with the patients and had put those who had been found in quarantine. None of them had shown flu symptoms, the ministry said.


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