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Mainland H1N1 deaths rise to 4

BEIJING has encountered its first death from swine flu, which is also the fourth on the Chinese mainland, health authorities said yesterday.

The patient, a freshman at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, tested positive for the H1N1 virus and died on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Beijing Health Bureau said.

The student and other schoolmates developed fever and other flu symptoms during compulsory military training for freshmen in the past week in suburban Beijing.

More than 3,000 freshmen from the university attended the training, and 28 tested positive for swine flu.

"The health and education authorities have ordered the university to enhance prevention measures and quarantine the patients. Currently, the patients are all in stable condition," the health bureau spokesman said.

Swine flu earlier killed an 18-year-old woman in Tibet, a 43-year-old woman in Qinghai and a patient in Xinjiang. The Chinese mainland reported 35,664 confirmed cases of swine flu as of 3pm on Monday.

A total of 29,155 patients have recovered. Seventeen of the 53 patients in serious condition have been cured.

China is currently experiencing what experts called "a second round of H1N1 flu infection," as recent infections are more widespread and increasing rapidly.

The Chinese mainland also reported two H1N1-related deaths last Friday. In one case, a 72-year-old man, the first severe swine flu patient in Beijing, died of chronic illnesses after his flu was cured.

In another case, a seven-year-old boy in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province died of seasonal influenza and severe pneumonia. The H1N1 strain was found in the flu viruses that infected him, but it was not known if that virus was the main cause of the boy's death.


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