|Ray Nagin and two others were quarantined in Shanghai.|
China quarantines New Orleans mayor
NEW ORLEANS - Chinese authorities have quarantined Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans, his wife, and a security guard in Shanghai after another traveler on their flight from New Jersey showed suspected swine flu symptoms.
Nagin's office said the three were quarantined in a hotel Sunday as a precaution and had no flu symptoms.
"He's doing well; his spirits are fine," Nagin's spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett told the Associated Press yesterday in New Orleans. She said 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 flulike symptoms, but she did not know if anybody besides the Nagin party was affected. Quiett also did not release the name of the airline, deferring to embassy officials.
The US Consulate in Shanghai and local officials did not respond to questions Monday.
China has been imposing quarantines and temperature checks at airports across the country to prevent the virus from spreading. If the quarantined individuals display no flu symptoms, they are usually released in about seven days.
Last month, China quarantined 21 students and three teachers from a Maryland private school for five days in a hotel. Officials feared the group from the Barrie School in Silver Spring was exposed to swine flu on their flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong.