On May 4, the Beijing Municipal Government held a news briefing in connection with the Influenza A/H1N1 epidemic. It was advised that the number of people who have been quarantined following close contact with confirmed sufferers has increased to 20, following the initial decision to quarantine 15 people in Beijing Ditan Hospital. Those quarantined have now been transferred to a nearby hotel.
There are currently a total of 32 cases under medical observation in Beijing. Observation results were negative, which indicates that none of the 32 people has been infected with the A/H1N1 Influenza virus. However, the Beijing Municipal Government still believes there is an increasing possibility that the epidemic will enter China, and prevention and control measures will remain strict.
A total of 20 people are under medical observation at the hotel, among which 10 are Chinese nationals and 10 are foreigners. Of the 20, 15 had close contact with an infected passenger on flight AM098 from Mexico to Shanghai, while the remaining 5 were on different international flights where there were close contact with an infected passenger. None of the 20 has so far shown any symptoms such as fever, and all test results have been negative. The observation will discontinue once the seven-day medical observation period expires providing no abnormalities are observed.
By People's Daily Online