Related News

Home » Nation

Quarantine expands even as mainland flu victims improve

CHINESE health departments said yesterday that more people have been put under quarantine even as the mainland's two confirmed swine flu victims were reported to be recovering swiftly.

Health authorities in east China's Shandong Province ordered 30 people to remain under home or hospital quarantine yesterday afternoon to check for symptoms of the H1N1 virus.

That group, comprising 27 passengers and three train service workers, were in close contact on a Beijing-Jinan train with a male resident of Shandong who health officials said on Wednesday had tested positive for swine flu. None of the others showed symptoms of the disease.

The provincial health authorities are seeking 13 other passengers who were in the same car of train D41 from Beijing to the provincial capital of Jinan on Monday night.

Lu was hospitalized on Monday. Apart from a sore throat, the patient was recovering yesterday, exhibiting a normal body temperature and showing no other symptoms of discomfort, said Li Zhongjun, spokesman for the Shandong Provincial Health Department.

Lu was in an isolation ward in the Jinan Hospital of Infectious Diseases where he was receiving antiviral medication - Tamiflu and traditional Chinese medicine - in accordance with suggestions from medical experts at the Ministry of Health.

Shandong health authorities also said they had reached four of the 45 passengers who were on a flight that brought Lu to Beijing from Canada. The four passengers were quarantined and reported normal temperatures, officials said.

The search for other passengers on the flight continued.

Zong Lin, chief of the disease control and prevention section of the Shandong Provincial Health Bureau, said that health officials were sending text messages and running notices on television to find the remaining passengers.

Health authorities in Hebei Province, a neighbor of Shandong, were also busy seeking 22 passengers who reportedly were on the same train carriage as Lu but got off at stops inside Hebei or at the border of the two provinces before the train reached its final destination.

A man surnamed Bao, the Chinese mainland's first swine flu case, who has been kept at the Chengdu Infectious Diseases Hospital for isolation and medical treatment for five days in Sichuan Province in southwest China, was also recovering rapidly, authorities said yesterday.

All 147 passengers who had been exposed to Bao on a flight from Tokyo to Beijing have been contacted by the Beijing Health Department.

Tian Ming, vice president of Chengdu Infectious Diseases Hospital, said yesterday that Bao's discharge schedule has not been decided.

"Though he shows normal temperature, eats normally and is in good mood, H1N1 flu is a new virus strain, and the medical experts panel needs to carry out a comprehensive review of Bao's recovery before a specific date can be given for him to be discharged from the hospital," Tian said.

As of midday yesterday, 126 people who had been in contact with Bao had been put under quarantine at a camp in Chengdu.

In the meantime, health authorities in Shanxi and Henan provinces said yesterday that they quarantined 16 people who had been exposed to Bao or Lu.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend