May 3

(Bloomberg) — Singapore will quarantine travelers from Mexico, and Hong Kong isolated the hotel that hosted its first confirmed swine flu patient, a man from the Latin American nation where 16 have died from the virus.
Hong Kong, where 299 people died during the 2003 SARS epidemic, pledged to step up measures to contain the virus. Singapore’s order takes effect tomorrow, the city’s health ministry said in an e-mailed statement last night.

“The coming week is critical for us to determine if the situation is being adequately controlled so as to slow the spread of the virus,” York Chow, Hong Kong’s health secretary, said at a meeting of legislators broadcast on local television.

South Korea is treating one confirmed and two probable cases of swine flu, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. A 51-year-old nun who returned to Korea on April 26 from a week of aid activities in Mexico was confirmed yesterday to have the virus. The two probable cases are a 44-year-old nun who lives in the same convent, and a 62-year-old female who took the same flight from Mexico.

Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong’s nightlife center Wanchai, where the infected man stayed, will be isolated for seven days and guests will be tested for infection.

Six or seven guests at L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre in the Tsuen Wan district of the city were examined after showing signs of fever. The guests, who were on the same flight as the Mexican man, have no symptoms and the hotel remains open, said Kelvin Shum, assistant front office manager at L’hotel Nina.

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