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US student confirmed as Beijing's first flu victim

SWINE flu has reached China's capital with the first case reported in Beijing, the Ministry of Health said last night.

It is the third confirmed case of swine flu on the Chinese mainland, and the country's fifth, according to the ministry.

Hong Kong has confirmed two cases of swine flu.

The latest diagnosed victim is an 18-year-old Chinese female student from a university in New York state.

The woman had been previously reported as a suspected case by the Emergency Management Office of Beijing government.

She was in a stable condition, with a normal body temperature, the ministry said.

The woman, a Beijing native, arrived in the capital on May 11 on Continental Airline's flight C089 and reached home accompanied by her mother, said the ministry.

She did not go out or meet friends after arriving home, according to the ministry's investigation. She felt unwell and physically weak at noon on May 12 and took her own temperature.

The woman went to the fever outpatient section of the Peking University First Hospital on Thursday night, saying she had developed a cough, headache, sore throat, chest distress and sore muscles, with a body temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius.

She was initially diagnosed as having a fever that needed further checking for the swine flu virus, the ministry said.

The patient was transferred to the Ditan Hospital early in the morning on May 15.

The ministry said experts confirmed the case yesterday and all people who had close contact with her had been tracked down and put under medical observation.

The health ministry has reported the case to the World Health Organization, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and relevant countries.

Meanwhile, Jinan government in Shandong Province began yesterday to offer cash rewards for information about 10 people who had been in close contact with the mainland's second swine flu patient.

Even the 10 people could receive the 2,000-yuan (US$293) reward if they report themselves to the local government.


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