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China reports third confirmed swine flu case: state media

Hong Kong confirms third case of swine flu
Hong Kong officials on Sunday confirmed the third case of swine flu in the city, and said the patient was a man who arrived from the United States a day ago. The 23-year-old patient was a mainland Chinese university student who boarded a codeshare flight operated by Cathay Pacific and American Airlines, CX 831/AA 6091, in New York on Friday and arrived in Hong Kong around 1100 GMT Saturday. The patient was admitted to hospital and tested for the A(H1N1) virus Friday night after thermal screening at the airport showed he had a body temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius, Thomas Tsang, controller of the city's Centre for Health Protection, told a press conference. "The test came out today and the test result is positive," he said. Tsang said the man had developed a fever while on the plane. He said authorities are now tracing passengers who were sat near the patient on the flight. Cathay Pacific said in a statement that 37 of the 63 passengers who shared the same cabin zone with the patient had landed in Hong Kong, while the rest have since left for destinations including Manila, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Bangkok. The case came only days after a 24-year-old Hong Kong man returning from San Francisco tested positive for the flu, and two weeks after officials confirmed Asia's first case of the A(H1N1) virus, a Mexican man, who arrived in the city.
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Beijing (AFP) May 16, 2009
A third confirmed swine flu case on the Chinese mainland was reported in Beijing late Saturday, state media quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.

The official Xinhua news agency said the newly confirmed case of A(H1N1), as the disease is officially known, involved an 18-year-old woman who had been previously reported as a suspected case by the Emergency Management Office of Beijing Municipal Government.

Xinhua said the student was from Beijing and "studies in a university in the New York State of the United States".

It quoted the health ministry as saying the patient arrived in Beijing on May 11 on board Continental Airlines flight C089 and travelled home from the airport accompanied by her mother.

It said the patient did not go out or meet anyone else before developing flu-like symptoms on the afternoon of May 12 and going to the fever outpatient section of the Peking University First Hospital in the evening on May 14.

The new case follows confirmation of a second case on Wednesday when a 19-year-old student who had recently arrived from Canada was diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus in east China's Shandong province, where he had travelled by train after flying into Beijing.

The news came just days after a 30-year-old man was confirmed as mainland China's first case, after arriving in the southwestern city of Chengdu from the United States via Tokyo and the Chinese capital.

Two cases of swine flu, which has killed more than 60 people worldwide, have also been confirmed in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city of Hong Kong.

The number of people killed by the influenza A(H1N1) virus rose to 72, compared with 65 on Friday, with six more in Mexico and one in the United States, the World Health Organisation said Saturday.

Over the past week the number of people infected by the virus has risen sharply, going up by around 1,000 a day since Monday to reach 8,451 on Saturday, the organisation said.

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