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CHINA is requiring people coming from swine-flu affected areas to report any flu-like symptoms at ports of entry.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued an emergency notice on Saturday night stating that people who developed flu-like symptoms within two weeks on their return from affected regions should also report to the local entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities.

Those people must be scrutinized and those who have been infected or are suspected to have been infected by the virus should be isolated and treated, it said.

The state health, agricultural and quarantine departments are monitoring the epidemic and are organizing experts to analyze the virus sequences and study preventive and controlling measures.

Officials with the Shanghai Tourism Administration said yesterday they hadn't yet taken any action to halt travel groups going to Mexico.

Meanwhile, the local health department issued a reassurance that there was no need to worry about being infected with swine flu by eating pork.

But, as a precaution, health officials advised locals to cook the meat properly. According to experts, the swine flu virus, similar to that of avian flu, can't survive temperatures of 71 degrees Celsius or above.

The Shanghai Health Bureau said it was keeping a close watch on the swine flu situation in North America and would strengthen precautionary measures and monitoring.

Yuan Zheng'an, deputy director of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, urged good hygiene habits. People should wash their hands often, ensure good ventilation in their homes and reduce contact with animals.


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