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TAIWAN yesterday confirmed its second and third cases of swine flu.

Spokesman Shih Wen-yi of the island's Centers for Disease Control said yesterday that the two latest patients are a 22-year-old female student who returned to Taipei a day earlier from New York via Hong Kong, and a 23-year-old female student who arrived in Taiwan earlier in the day from San Francisco.

The 22-year-old patient is a Taiwan resident studying in New York who left the United States on Tuesday on Cathay Pacific Airways' flight CX831.

She arrived in Hong Hong and transferred to flight CX468, arriving in Taiwan on Wednesday.

Taiwan's disease control center is seeking passengers who sat in rows 34 through 40 on flight CX468. They are believed to be at high risk for infection.

Taiwan's health authorities said the island's first case was a 52-year-old Australian national, who also flew in from the US on Wednesday.


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