Chengdu is on "high alert" for a swine-flu outbreak, reports the China Daily today.
On the streets of Chengdu, the occasional citizen dons a face mask, but other than that no signs indicate that this is the city that received the mainland's first swine-flu patient.
Over the weekend, Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang visited the Chengdu Infectious Disease Hospital where the patient, surnamed Bao, is under quarantine.
Bao, a resident of Neijiang in southern Sichuan, reportedly told Neijiang party secretary Tang Limin (唐利民) via mobile phone, "I'm doing well, my illness isn't especially serious."
Journalists watched the phone conversation via a CCTV monitor at the hospital.
Hospital deputy director Tian Ming (田明) said the man had a good constitution and that his condition had already stabilized.
The patient has been wanting to check internet reports about himself and has requested a computer. The hospital is reportedly working on a way to install broadband in his room, but quarantine rules may make it impossible.
Officials are stepping up precautions by spraying disinfectant in major transportation hubs, including handles of public luggage trolleys and the grounds of Shuangliu Airport as well as the platforms at rail stations.
While the 148 passengers who shared the Beijing to Chengdu flight with Bao have been located and are under quarantine, in an ironic twist, a Beijing TV reporter surnamed Liu who was sent to Shifang to host an earthquake-related event yesterday evening was placed under seven days' medical observation in Shifang Municipal Contagious Disease Hospital yesterday morning. She is reporting no symptoms of H1N1 and is reportedly in good condition.
Spraying down Chengdu's Shuangliu Airport.
The mainland's second suspected case of swine flu, found in a 19-year-old student who arrived in Beijing from Canada on Friday, is quarantined and being treated in Ji'nan. The student, surnamed Lu, initially tested positive for the H1N1 virus, although authorities are awaiting results for more conclusive tests and reporting that his condition is already improving.
Officials are now seeking passengers who might have come into contact with Lu either on the flight from Canada to China or the train he boarded from Beijing to Ji'nan.
Xinhua also reported that all China's provinces are now required to monitor seasonal flu. Disease prevention and control authorities in each province are assigned to this task and charged with designating one hospital in each city to set up a monitoring department.
Nearby Thailand has also confirmed two cases of the H1N1 virus.
Images: China Daily
UPDATE: The student in Ji'nan, Lu, has been confirmed as testing positive for the H1N1 virus. A number of the passengers who shared the flight from Canada to China with him have been located, but authorities warn that it will be much more difficult to find the passengers who were on the Beijing to Ji'nan train with Lu.
In related news, Hong Kong also confirmed its second case of the virus.
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