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Canadians quarantined in China over flu fears

Canadians quarantined in China over flu fears

A group of 25 Canadian students and a professor have been quarantined at a hotel in China over swine flu fears, a University of Montreal official said.
The group has been quarantined since the weekend although none of the them have exhibited any symptoms of the virus, University of Montreal spokeswoman Sophie Langlois said.
Canada has, so far, confirmed 103 cases of swine flu and has quarantined about 220 pigs who were infected by a worker who recently returned from Mexico.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Department has not yet commented on the detention.
"Everybody is fine but they do take their temperatures three times a day," Langlois said.
Student Martin Deslaurier told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that when the Canadians got off a plane in northern city of Changchun they were met by health officials, taken to a room at the airport, and had their temperatures taken.
Beijing on Monday also denied discriminating against Mexicans by quarantining them as a safeguard against swine flu, while the Latin American country said it was sending a plane to China to bring back its citizens.
Mexico is upset because Chinese health officials have quarantined more than 70 Mexican travelers even though some are apparently not at risk for the virus.
The pig infections in Canada were the first documented case of the H1N1 virus being passed from a human to another species. Canada stressed that pigs often get the flu and there is no danger in eating pork.
China has expanded a ban on imported pork and pork products to include Alberta. China's government has already banned imports of pork and pork products from Mexico and a handful of U.S. states in an effort to block the spread of swine flu.