05/11/2009, 00.00
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Swine Flu, a 30 year old man first case in China

Bao, a student in Missouri, tested positive in the Infectious Diseases Centre of Chengdu Hospital (Sichuan). The 130 passengers who travelled with him quarantined. WHO reports more than 4500 cases worldwide, 53 certified victims.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A 30 year old Chinese male recently returned from the United States is the first confirmed case of Swine Flu in the country, state press agency Xinhua reported today quoting sources in the Ministry for Health.

The man named Bao, a student in Missouri, tested positive at the at the Chengdu Infectious Disease Hospital, in south west Sichuan province.  Local authorities underline they have “isolated all people that the man came into contact with”, including 130 of the 150  passengers who flew with him from the US.  A taxi driver, his girlfriend and his father have also been quarantined.

Beijing says it has set up necessary measures to contain the spread of swine flu virus; the government is promising efficiency and transparency, recalling the controversy that surrounded the SARS epidemic in 2003.  In the first five months of the out break the authorities had kept the existence of the atypical respiratory disease secret, favouring a widespread contagion.

The World Health Organisation confirms that today there are more than 4500 certified cases of A/H1N1; the virus is present in 29 nations and has caused 53 deaths.

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