China reports eighth flu case

May 24, 2009 12:00 am

, BEIJING, May 24 – A 21-month-old Chinese baby was confirmed as China’s eighth case of swine flu Sunday after testing positive for the A(H1N1) virus in the country’s southeast, the health ministry said.

The girl flew with her parents to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, from New York via Hong Kong on May 20, the ministry reported on its website.

Her parents and the taxi driver who picked them up at the airport were under medical observation, and of the 38 people who were near her in the plane from Hong Kong, 30 had already been found and the other eight had left the country.

The girl developed a high fever on May 21 and was quarantined in hospital, the ministry said. She was now in a stable condition and her temperature had come back to normal.

More than 12,000 swine flu infections and 86 deaths have been confirmed worldwide, according to the most recent World Health Organisation statistics.


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