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5 more S Koreans being tested for swine flu

An additional five South Koreans are being tested for possible swine flu after trips to Mexico or the US, officials said today, a day after the country announced a middle-aged woman probably has the disease.

Health authorities said Tuesday the 51-year-old woman tested positive in initial and secondary examinations for swine flu, making her the country's first "probable" case. Final tests are under way to confirm whether she has the disease.

An additional nine people have reported to authorities that they have such symptoms as high fever and cough following trips to Mexico or the US Four of them have tested negative, and detailed examinations are now under way for the five others, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

The woman has remained quarantined since returning from a trip to Mexico on Sunday. She contacted authorities upon her return, complaining of high fever, cough and a runny nose, officials said.

All 315 others on the same flight from Los Angeles, and about 40 people living together with her at an unidentified "institution" were being checked, but none have shown any symptoms, officials said.

They refused to say where she was living, citing privacy.

Officials said it would take up to two weeks to get the result of final tests on her, but that the latest tests showed she was not suffering from a seasonal flu.

Yonhap news agency reported that her conditions have improved to nearly normal.

On Tuesday, the agriculture ministry said it had suspended live pig imports from Mexico, the United States and Canada to prevent further infections.

Ministry official Lee Young-chul said South Korea would however continue to import pork products from those countries, although they would be subject to inspections.

South Korea imported 1,757 live pigs for breeding, including 1,562 from the US and Canada, in 2008, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The report did not specify how many pigs the country imported from Mexico. Lee was not able to confirm the import figures late Tuesday.


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