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May 09, 2009

Swine flu arrives in Japan

pig.jpegA high school teacher and two students from Osaka have been confirmed to have swine flu. They were infected while on a school trip to Canada and are currently in isolation in Narita. The Japanese government is making preparations for an epidemic, but no emergency measures have been taken yet because the infection of the teacher and students was discovered at the airport and there are no swine flu cases that originate in Japan.

Many schools plan to close or significantly reduce activities if swine flu breaks out. Foreign nationals in Japan who are concerned about the situation are advised to check the websites of their embassies and pay close attention to announcements made through TV, newspapers and news websites.

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