Chinese authorities quarantine airline passengers

Chinese health authorities said they have found and placed under quarantine 164 of the 189 passengers and crew members aboard a flight from Mexico to Shanghai that carried a man now ill with the A/H1N1 flu virus.

The man with the A/H1N1 flu virus arrived in Shanghai on AeroMexico flight AM 98 and continued on to Hong Kong on China Eastern Airlines flight MU 505. He developed a fever after arriving in the territory Thursday afternoon.

None of those being held in isolation have become ill, according to Shanghai city health officials. So far, no cases of the new flu strain have been identified in mainland China.

As of Saturday evening, authorities were still searching for others on board the AeroMexico flight that carried the 25-year-old Mexican who transited Shanghai and arrived in Hong Kong Thursday.

Tests in Hong Kong confirmed Friday that the sick man was infected with the A/H1N1 virus. In response, Hong Kong’s government placed the hotel where the patient was staying under involuntary quarantine for seven days.

Saturday, Hong Kong authorities said they’ve been unable to find around 50 guests registered at the sick man’s hotel, the Metropark, in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. However, they said no new cases of the A/H1N1 virus have been found since the one confirmed patient was identified.

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