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H1N1 alert in Xi'an E-mail
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Two universities with over 10.000 students each, closed their gates after dozens of cases of the so called swine flu were disvovered. On Tuesday, the Xian University of Arts and Sciences confirmed 59 cases of H1N1 and in the Xidian University 22 cases were reported on last tuesday as well. This information was wired nationwide by the China News Service.

The administration of the Xidian University for instance, has announced that they will suspend the classes as long as 7 days after the last known discovered H1N1 case. The universities have divided their campuses into two striclty seperated parts. One part is a quarantine zone. All students outside this zone can move freely inside the campus but they are not allowed to leave it or the university campus in general. Furthermore, non-authorised visitors are not allowed to enter the campus.

In the meanwhile, the Xidian University administration has closed (since 12. September) their campus completely. Food and water supplies are being delivered through an own logistic system  to the quarantined students. Entries and exits are being monitored very closely and non-quarantined stundents can still take part in the daily classes.

YANG XIWEN, the education director of Shaanxi Province said that the upcoming national holdays will be a great challenge and that they cooperate closely with the provincial health  ministry to control the swine flu. Further actions will be taken, said the director.

Shaanxi had its first cases of H1N1 among university students in Xi'an. Confirmed cases of H1N1 were discovered in 1 college, 9 high schools, 1 primary school and 1 kindergarten (As researched by ND, it was the Kindergarten in the "Zi Wei Zhen Pin" residence area).

Officially there were more than 10.000 cases of H1N1 in China. 6098 patients recovered from it so far.

Additional Information

Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenzavirus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. H1N1 strains caused roughly half of all human flu infections in 2006.Other strains of H1N1 are endemic in pigs (swine influenza) and in birds (avian influenza).

In June 2009, World Health Organization declared that flu due to a new strain of swine-origin H1N1 was responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic. This strain is often called "swine flu" by the public media.

In the 2009 flu pandemic, the virus isolated from patients in the United States was found to be made up of genetic elements from four different flu viruses – North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza, and swine influenza virus typically found in Asia and Europe – "an unusually mongrelised mix of genetic sequences." This new strain appears to be a result of reassortment of human influenza and swine influenza viruses, in all four different strains of subtype H1N1.

Preliminary genetic characterization found that the hemagglutinin (HA) gene was similar to that of swine flu viruses present in U.S. pigs since 1999, but the neuraminidase (NA) and matrix protein (M) genes resembled versions present in European swine flu isolates. The six genes from American swine flu are themselves mixtures of swine flu, bird flu, and human flu viruses. While viruses with this genetic makeup had not previously been found to be circulating in humans or pigs, there is no formal national surveillance system to determine what viruses are circulating in pigs in the U.S.

On June 11, 2009, the WHO declared an H1N1 pandemic, moving the alert level to phase 6, marking the first global pandemic since the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

For more info about H1N1 see Wikpedia. Click here.

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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0 #3 ND 2009-09-22 23:20
yeah, thats true. they do it in every educational institution these days, even in the kindergarten as i know from my personal knowledge. might be hysterique one might say...but it is not a bad measure either...interesting was to see so "many" students with H1N1. We will interview some students "behind the wall" this week and ask them about their opinion about this and how life is behind "bars" ;-). Check out our RSS feed or Twitter to know about it.
0 #2 Peter 2009-09-22 23:04
for past week at the school i teach at, all teachers/admin/students/parents are getting their temperature checked before given entry into the school.
0 #1 janexing 2009-09-22 03:31

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