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Final quarantined passenger from Mexico flight released
Updated: 2009-05-08 00:01

BEIJING - The last passenger from a flu-affected Mexican airline flight has been released from quarantine after being tested negative to influenza A/H1N1 despite running an earlier fever, the health ministry said Thursday night.

The ministry said the Yunnan Province health department told it at 7:30 p.m., that all the affected passengers who remain on the Chinese mainland, 128 in total, have been released from quarantine.

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The passenger, a Chinese national, had shown symptoms of fever, conjunctiva congestion and throat inflammation from Wednesday, the ministry said earlier.

The passenger had been held in quarantine, while the other 127 passengers were released at the end of their seven-day quarantine on Thursday morning. He was freed later after the test by the provincial center for disease control.

A total of 166 passengers who had been on board flight AM098 on April 30 were held under quarantine on the mainland after a Mexican, one of the travelers, was confirmed to have influenza A/H1N1 on May 1 in Hong Kong.

Among them, 38 Mexican passengers and crew were flown back to Mexico on Monday after an agreement between the two countries governments and the remaining 128 passengers continued their quarantine in 18 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across China.

The ministry did not release any further details of the final quarantined passenger.