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09BEIJING1377
2009-05-21 10:11:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Beijing
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TFFLU01: H1N1 INFLUENZA OUTBREAK - CHINA SITREP # 16

Tags:   KFLU  AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  TBIO  KSAF  KPAO  PREL  PINR 
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RR RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHGH RUEHPB RUEHVC
DE RUEHBJ #1377 1411011
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 211011Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4100
INFO RUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVE
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC//USDP/ISA/AP//
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/CJCS WASHINGTON DC//J2/J3/J5//
RHMFIUU/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI//J00/J2/J3/J5//
						UNCLAS BEIJING 001377 

HHS FOR OGHA
CDC ATLANTA FOR CCID, AND PASS TO FLU COX AND MOUNTS AND
COGH BLOUNT AND KELLEY

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO PREL PINR
AMGT, MG, EAGR, HHS, TF, CH
SUBJECT: TFFLU01: H1N1 INFLUENZA OUTBREAK - CHINA SITREP # 16

REF: A) BEIJING 1362 B) BEIJING 1352 C) BEIJING 1335 D) BEIJING
1317

FIFTH A (H1N1) CASE CONFIRMED
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1. (U) China's Ministry of Health (MOH) notified Embassy Beijing on
May 21 that the Beijing Health Bureau reported its second confirmed
case of influenza A (H1N1) on May 20. This is the fifth confirmed
cases on Mainland China. Hong Kong also has three confirmed cases of
influenza A (H1N1).

-- The fifth confirmed case, a 21-year old male and student at a
Canadian university, is a Chinese national. He flew from Toronto to
Beijing on flight AC031, arriving on the afternoon of May 16. After
developing flu-like symptoms on May 19, he went to see a doctor and
was then transferred to a designated hospital for testing and
treatment. On May 20, Beijing CDC test results were positive for
influenza A (H1N1) and were confirmed later in the day by China
CDC's National Influenza Laboratory.

STATUS OF AMCIT QUARANTINE CASES


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2. (SBU) As of May 21, two American citizens are reported to be in
quarantine throughout China. One AmCit is quarantined in Beijing at
Ditan Hospital, and another is quarantined in Guangzhou.

NEW H1N1 PROCEDURES REPORTEDLY REQUIRED OF DOMESTIC CARRIERS


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3. (SBU) Post has received and is in the process of confirming
reports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that
the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has notified
Chinese domestic carriers of new procedures for their flight crews.
These measures require crews to deliver passenger manifests with
seat numbers to local quarantine officials, perform passenger
temperature checks with an infrared thermometer before landing, and
follow certain procedures if an elevated temperature is found. If
any passengers are suspected to have the A/H1N1 influenza, the new
requirements make the airline responsible for transporting the
passengers and their bags to designated locations.

DECLINE IN LOCAL MEDIA ATTENTION


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4. (SBU) ConGen Shanghai noted that the Oriental Morning Post, which
had previously been printing several special pages on H1N1, has had
a sudden drop-off in its large-scale coverage of H1N1. Local media
across China, as collected mission-wide on May 21, has seen a
similar drop off in coverage H1N1.


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