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Swine flu suspect in Shandong

A SUSPECTED case of swine flu has been reported in eastern China's Shandong Province, the Ministry of Health said last night.

The case, which would be the second on the Chinese mainland if it's confirmed as the H1N1 virus, involved a man surnamed Lu who traveled from Canada and arrived in Beijing on a flight last Friday. He began experiencing a fever on Sunday, and on Monday his temperature was 39 degrees Celsius, accompanied by sore throat and headache.

The man, who studied at a Canadian university, left Beijing by the D41 train on Monday evening and arrived in Jinan, provincial capital of Shandong, three hours later, according to the ministry.

He reported to the Jinan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which immediately sent him to the Jinan Infectious Disease Hospital for isolation and treatment.

Tests conducted yesterday by the Jinan CDC and Shandong CDC were "suspected positive" for H1N1 virus. A specimen was sent to the China CDC for confirmation.

The patient was isolated and receiving treatment in Jinan, the ministry said.

The mainland's only confirmed swine flu patient, a man surnamed Bao, was recovering yesterday, according to He Jun, spokesman for the Chengdu City Health Department in Sichuan Province.

"Bao's life signs are stable: normal temperature, alleviated symptoms, lighter coughing after three days of medication and care by medical workers from the health ministry, Sichuan Province and Chengdu City," He said.

Bao's father and girlfriend, both of whom had close contact with the patient, were under medical observation.

Bao, 30, who had been studying at an American university, arrived at Beijing's airport on Saturday, after making a transfer in Tokyo from St Louis, Missouri, and St Paul, Minnesota in the United States.

Bao was the second case of swine flu in China. A 25-year-old Mexican man was confirmed to be infected with H1N1 virus on May 1 in Hong Kong after transferring from Shanghai.


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