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HK lists 5 more swine flu cases

FIVE people tested positive for the swine flu virus in Hong Kong yesterday, bringing the number of confirmed cases of the disease in the city to 38, local health authorities have announced.

The first newly confirmed case involved a 20-year-old man studying in London. He returned to Hong Kong on Thursday on British Airways flight BA27. He started getting a headache and a fever on Friday evening and sought medical attention at a private clinic on Saturday. He was transferred to Queen Mary Hospital by ambulance but his home contacts are asymptomatic.

The second case is a 32-year-old man who arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday from Manila on Dragonair flight KA912. He developed a fever, runny nose and cough on the flight. He told airport officials about the cough and was found to have a fever. He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital by ambulance.

The third case involved a 14-year-old boy who had been studying in San Francisco. He arrived in Hong Kong with two older sisters on Cathay Pacific flight CX873 yesterday morning. He said he had a sore throat and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The fourth case involved a 21-year-old woman who traveled from Los Angeles to Seoul on Thursday. She traveled from Seoul to Hong Kong on Korean Airlines flight KE603 on Friday morning.

She started getting a cough late that evening and a sore throat the next morning. She developed muscle soreness later and her cough got worse so she sought medical attention at a private clinic, where she was told to go to hospital.

The woman, accompanied by her mother, went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was isolated. Her mother is currently asymptomatic.

The fifth case involved a 23-year-old woman who had been staying in Manila since February. She developed a cough and fever on May 31 but improved after taking medicine. She and a friend arrived in Hong Kong yesterday on CEBU Pacific flight 5J108.

Upon arrival, she told officials she had a cough and was referred by the Port Health Office to the hospital for isolation.

Her friend also had some respiratory symptoms on May 31 but recovered before traveling to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Department of Health is now tracing passengers seated in rows 22-27 of the KA912 flight on June 6; rows 56-62 of CX873 on June 7; rows 45-51 of KE603 on June 5; rows 17-23 of 5J108 on June 7; crew members of the flights and anyone who may had contact with the five patients.

The spokesman said they would not trace passengers on the flight of the first patient because they developed symptoms more than 12 hours after arriving in Hong Kong.


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