A 30-year-old male student enrolled in the United States has been confirmed as China’s second H1N1, or swine flu, case, and its first on the mainland, according to the information office of the Chinese Health Ministry.
“Bao” began his journey at St. Louis, Missouri, took a connecting flight at St. Paul, Minnesota, for Tokyo, Japan on May 7th, according to Xinhua state-run news agency. On May 8, according to the Health Ministry, he flew from Tokyo on flight NW029 and arrived at Beijing Capital International airport on May 9 at 1:30 a.m. At the time of his arrival in Beijing, he had no symptoms and had a body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Soon after, he took a flight onwards to Chengdu and felt feverish, with throat pain, coughing, and a stuffy and slightly running nose and was confirmed with human swine flu on Monday, the Health Ministry said. The patient is in isolation and is being treated at the Chengdu Infectious Diseases Hospital where he’s listed as having recovered with a normal body temperature, the Health Ministry said. Most of the passengers aboard the same Beijing-Chengdu flight have been tracked down in 21 different provinces and sent to medical observation, according to the Health Ministry. The case comes more than a week after a 25-year-old Mexican man with the H1N1 virus arrived in Hong Kong from Mexico via Shanghai, leading to the weeklong quarantine of more than 340 people in the Chinese special administrative region.
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