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Western regions face greater swine flu risk

THE Ministry of Health warned yesterday that people in the country's western regions were more at risk of getting swine flu compared to their eastern counterparts due to inadequate medical resources.

According to the ministry, the only two fatal cases to date on the Chinese mainland were reported in Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, both in the west.

The west has less resources in terms of health personnel, medical supplies and expertise. Besides, much of the region is at high altitude, which makes its harder to treat respiratory diseases, Health Minister Chen Zhu said.

As of yesterday, the Chinese mainland had reported 28,948 cases of H1N1 flu, including 29 severe cases and two fatal ones.

Meanwhile, three handball players from the 11th National Games were tested positive for swine flu as early as last Thursday, the event's organizing committee said yesterday in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province.


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