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More H1N1 cases as school returns

MORE Chinese students have been confirmed as having contracted swine flu as classes resume after the summer break.
Health authorities in east China's Zhejiang Province confirmed nine more cases of H1N1 influenza had been reported in Zhejiang Normal University's Qianjiang College by yesterday, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the college to 16.
All patients are in stable condition.
The students were undergoing military training on campus when the disease broke out, said a statement released by Zhejiang Provincial Health Department. Thirty-nine people, a teacher and 38 students, had reported symptoms of fever from August 25 to September 1.
The college called off the military training and quarantined those who had close contact with confirmed infection cases.
In southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, six students at Fangcheng Experimental High School in Fangchenggang City have been confirmed as H1N1 cases. All infected students are in stable condition.
The school announced it would close the school for seven days yesterday.
The number of patients at a southwest China civil aviation college confirmed as having contracted H1N1 influenza rose to 35 yesterday.
All 35 from Sichuan Southwest College of Civil Aviation's Qingyang campus in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, were in stable condition, according to the Chengdu Infectious Disease Hospital where they were being treated.
Classes were suspended at the college on Wednesday after seven students were diagnosed as having H1N1.
There have been another eight cases of the flu confirmed in a college in Qingdao City in east China's Shandong Province, an official with the provincial health bureau said yesterday.
The eight patients, all males, from Qingdao Technological University, have been quarantined, the official said.
By 3pm on Wednesday, China had reported 3,981 H1N1 cases, of whom 3,391 had recovered. No deaths have been reported.
Globally, the disease had killed about 2,000 people and infected more than 180,000. It is circulating in more than 170 countries.


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