Flu quarantine over for eight Dutch in Hongkong

9th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Chinese authorities have lifted the hotel quarantine on eight Dutch citizens who were suspected of carrying the Mexican flu virus.

HONGKONG - Chinese authorities have lifted the hotel quarantine on eight Dutch citizens who were suspected of carrying the Mexican flu virus. They were among 280 hotel guests and personnel who were locked into a Hongkong hotel last week to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Only one Mexican hotel guest was diagnosed with the flu.

The Dutch health authority (RIVM) has confirmed a third case of Mexican flu in the Netherlands. The patient is a man aged 52 who came back from Mexico on Wednesday.

He has been administered the anti-viral Tamiflu medication and is doing well, the RIVM says. Health services are trying to trace people who were on the plane with the man.

The H1N1 virus has so far been confirmed in two cases, a three-year-old toddler and a woman aged 53. Both of them had been in Mexico on separate trips and are recovering.

The RIVM says the three cases appear to be totally unrelated. More flu cases are expected over the coming days.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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