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Flu cases continue to rise in Asia; nearly 400 in Japan

2009-06-04 09:49 BJT

Special Report: World tackles A/H1N1 flu |

HONG KONG, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The battle against A/H1N1 influenza continues to be a tough task for the Asia-Pacific region, as new confirmed cases are reported Wednesday in various places in the region.

The total number of A/H1N1 infections in Japan rose to 396 on Wednesday after a few latest cases were reported.

The Shizuoka prefectural government Wednesday announced that a man in his 20s, who was staying at a training facility in Shizuoka Prefecture, was confirmed to be infected with the influenza.

The Chiba prefectural government and the Kobe municipal government also confirmed additional cases of infection.

Chinese mainland reported two cases in the city of Fuzhou of Fujian Province, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 51 as of 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

South Korea's health authorities confirmed one more case of A/H1N1 flu virus infection on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 42.

The authorities said that a 16-year-old male student, who had returned from his studies in the United States, showed symptoms similar to the flu and thus went through close examinations.

With the recent new cases, South Korea's A/H1N1 flu confirmation toll stands at 42.

Of the total cases, only nine still remain in quarantine with the rest being released in good health.

Health authorities of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region reported that one person was tested positive for the A/H1N1 virus on Wednesday, taking the number of confirmed cases of the disease in the city to 27.

The case involved a 34-year-old man who returned to Hong Kong with his wife from New York by taking a flight of Cathay Pacific (Flight No. CX831, code share American Airlines AA6091) in the evening of June 2. He sat in row 34 of the flight.