Hong Kong reports second confirmed H1N1 flu case

HONG KONG Wed May 13, 2009 2:31pm IST

Health officers work inside a guard post at a closed camp where passengers are quarantined in Hong Kong May 7, 2009. Hong Kong  confirmed on Wednesday its second case of the new H1N1 flu strain, a man who had just returned from the United States. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Health officers work inside a guard post at a closed camp where passengers are quarantined in Hong Kong May 7, 2009. Hong Kong confirmed on Wednesday its second case of the new H1N1 flu strain, a man who had just returned from the United States.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong confirmed on Wednesday its second case of the new H1N1 flu strain, a man who had just returned from the United States.

"He arrived on the evening of May 11 and was sent straight to hospital after visiting the airport clinic," said Thomas Tsang, controller of the Centre for Health Protection.

China also reported a second confirmed case of swine flu involving a man in eastern Shandong province.

Hong Kong's first confirmed H1N1 case involving a Mexican man was reported on May 1, leading to the quarantine of a downtown hotel where he had stayed. Some 300 guests and staff were confined to the Metropark hotel, in Wanchai, for a week in a controversial bid to prevent any spread of the virus.

Authorities in Hong Kong have since revised their flu containment strategies, saying for future cases involving an infected hotel guest only certain floors would be quarantined.

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