Flu Spreads in China

China confirms its fourth case of A/H1N1 flu, including two people who showed symptoms of the virus in Hong Kong.

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flu-305.jpg Chinese media view 19-year-old flu victim on closed circuit television, May 13, 2009.

HONG KONG—China has confirmed its fourth case of A/H1N1 flu, in one of the country’s eastern provinces.

The second person to contract the virus, also called swine flu, was identified by China’s Ministry of Health as a 19-year-old student surnamed Lu, according to a report by the official Xinhua news agency.

Lu had arrived in Beijing on May 8 from studying abroad in Canada and had traveled to Jinan, capital of China’s eastern Shandong province, three days later by train.

The announcement came only two days after a 30-year-old man, surnamed Bao, was found to have contracted the virus in Chengdu, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province.

A 24-year-old Hong Kong man, who had recently traveled to San Francisco and returned to Hong Kong by air May 11, also tested positive for A/H1N1 flu, making him the second confirmed case there.

Hong Kong’s first confirmed flu case was reported May 1, and involved a 25-year-old Mexican man.

That case led to quarantine measures in Hong Kong that affected hundreds of passengers and hotel guests.

The latest figures from the World Health Organization show 33 countries worldwide have reported more than 5,700 cases of the virus.

Original reporting by RFA’s Mandarin service. Mandarin service director: Jennifer Chou. Written for the Web in English by Joshua Lipes. Edited by Sarah Jackson-Han.


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