• Kyodo News


The number of swine flu infections in Japan stood at 364 on Wednesday, with Wakayama Prefecture joining nine other mostly western prefectures in reporting an outbreak.

The Wakayama Municipal Government said a male company employee in his late 20s was confirmed to have the new H1N1 virus after spending May 18 to Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Oahu with his wife. After feeling fatigued Sunday, he developed a fever Tuesday. He is the prefecture’s first swine flu case.

Those confirmed infected with the flu Wednesday include the 4-year-old sister of a 7-year-old boy in Shizuoka city who was found infected Tuesday.

Along with three other family members, the two — the first cases in Shizuoka Prefecture — arrived at Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya from the Philippines on Friday, according to the Shizuoka Municipal Government.

Since the first patients were quarantined at Narita airport on May 9 and the first domestic infections were found in Kobe a week later, most of the cases have been in western Japan, particularly Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. However, a week ago it spread to the Tokyo metropolitan area and then to Fukuoka and Shizuoka.

The girl and her brother in Shizuoka were in stable condition Wednesday morning, with their temperatures falling to 36.5 degrees, according to the local government.

Earlier Wednesday, the Kawasaki Municipal Government said a woman in her 30s living in the city who recently returned from the United States was also confirmed infected.

Meanwhile, some 325 kindergartens and schools in Shiga Prefecture resumed classes Wednesday after closing for about a week to prevent the spread of the new flu.

The other prefectures in which infections have so far been reported are Kyoto and Saitama.

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