First Swine Flu Case in China Confirmed

The first case of A/H1N1 swine flu in China was confirmed on Monday. The person was identified as 30 years old Chinese national that attends to a university in the U.S.

The student contracted the disease in U.S. and flew from St. Louis via St. Paul, Minnesota, to Tokyo before boarding Northwest Airlines flight NW029 to Beijing Saturday. He also flew from the capital to Chengdu, the capital of western China’s Sichuan province.

Beijing is now trying to quarantine all the passengers who had flown with the sick man aboard a flight from Tokyo.  So far, 120 of the 143 passengers on the flight from Tokyo have been contacted, including several dozen foreign nationals. Until now, none of them showed any symptoms of the swine flu but the officials persuading them to take quarantine measures. From the domestic flight, from Beijing to Chengdu 130 of 150 passengers of the flight were also put in quarantine.

The student checked in into a hospital on Sunday and by Monday health authorities confirmed it was a swine flu case. According to Chinese health officials the Chinese student indentified as Mr. Bao appears to be recovering well.

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