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HK infections now number 23

THREE people tested positive for the H1N1 virus in Hong Kong yesterday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 23, a spokesman for the Department of Health said.

All 23 are imported cases, he added.

The first new case is a 21-year-old man who had stayed in the United States from May 15 to 27 and returned to Hong Kong on May 28 from New York on Continental Airlines flight CO099.

He had started to have a headache on the flight and developed a fever and sore throat after arriving home.

He consulted a doctor the next morning and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital by ambulance.

The second case involved an eight-year-old boy from the United States.

The boy, with three family members, arrived in Hong Kong on May 30 from San Francisco on Singapore Airlines flight SQ1.

He developed a fever, cough and runny nose during the flight and was transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital on arrival.

The third case is a 19-year-old woman studying in the United States who returned to Hong Kong from New York on May 28. She started to have a fever, cough and sore throat on the afternoon the next day.

Her mother took her to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where she was admitted and isolated.

As her symptoms had appeared more than 12 hours after she arrived in Hong Kong, health officials said they would not need to trace passengers on her flight.


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