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China quarantines New Orleans Mayor Nagin over flu

By BECKY BOHRER – 1 hour ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chinese authorities have quarantined New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, his wife and a security guard in Shanghai after another traveler on their flight from New Jersey exhibited suspected swine flu symptoms.

Nagin's office said the three were quarantined in a hotel Sunday as a precaution and were exhibiting no flu symptoms.

"He's doing well. His spirits are fine," Nagin's spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett told The Associated Press on Monday in New Orleans. She did not know when the three might be released or whether they will be tested for the flu.

She said the quarantine was for passengers who sat near the traveler with flu-like symptoms but she did not know if anybody besides the Nagin trio was affected. Quiett also did not release the name of the airline, deferring to embassy officials.

The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and local officials did not respond to questions Monday.

China has been imposing quarantines and temperature checks at airports throughout the country to prevent the virus from spreading. If the quarantined individuals display no flu symptoms, they are usually released in about seven days.

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