China confirms third swine flu case on mainland
17 May 2009, 0924 hrs IST, AP

BEIJING: An 18-year-old student in Beijing who recently returned from a U.S. university has swine flu, mainland China’s third confirmed case, the
health ministry said.

The woman, a native of Beijing identified only by her surname, Liu, arrived in the city May 11 on a Continental Airlines flight and went to a hospital three days later with a fever, headache, cough, sore muscles and other symptoms, the ministry said late Saturday.

The hospital suspected Liu had swine flu and transferred her to the Beijing’s infectious diseases hospital late last week, the ministry said.

Lab tests by the country’s centre for disease control and prevention confirmed the diagnosis on Saturday. The ministry said those who had close contact with Liu have been placed under observation and none of them seemed unwell.

The new swine flu case brings the total number on the mainland to three, while the Chinese territory of Hong Kong has another two, including a Mexican man who flew there via Shanghai. More than 100 people, including some Americans, are in quarantine in hotels and hospitals in Beijing and other mainland cities.