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Mainland finds 5th H1N1 case

BEIJING confirmed its second case of swine flu - and the mainland's fifth - last night.

The patient is a 21-year-old Chinese Canadian who was studying at a Toronto university, state radio reported last night, citing the city's Health Bureau.

He was put under quarantine at Ditan Hospital - the same place where the capital city's first case was recovering - and was in stable condition, China National Radio said.

The man arrived in Beijing on Saturday afternoon aboard Air Canada flight AC031, and his parents picked him at the airport and drove him home, where he spent most of his time.

He began experiencing flu symptoms early Tuesday, and his parents drove him to a police hospital.

Also yesterday, the Tibet Autonomous Region lifted the quarantine on a foreign tour group after one of its members, previously suspected of suffering from the H1N1 virus, was confirmed to have only seasonal flu.

Tests showed that the patient, a 42-year-old Italian woman, was H1N1 negative.

The Italian tourist, whose name was not disclosed, was discovered to have a fever of 38.5 degrees Celsius and suffered a sore throat, stuffy nose and sweating when she and her fellow travelers entered Zham town, Xigaze, from Nepal on Saturday.

She was then sent to a hospital, and the 23 other tourists were placed under medical observation. The tour group members were from 12 countries, including the United States, Germany, Australia and Singapore.


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