SINGAPORE (Kyodo) A Japanese teenager is among the latest people found to be infected with the swine flu in Singapore, where the number of H1N1 cases has soared to 701, officials said.

The junior high school boy apparently contracted the virus during a recent trip to Bangkok and is under quarantine at home in the city-state, they said.

The teen was among 72 new cases reported by Singapore’s Health Ministry on Tuesday.

He is the first Japanese to be found infected with H1N1 by Singapore health authorities.

Some schools postponed their reopening after a monthlong vacation this week because students or teachers had been infected with the virus.

About half the people affected so far caught the virus locally, although initially most cases were among people who had been outside Singapore.

Local clusters of swine flu infections that have emerged in recent days have mainly involved churches, schools and military camps.

First Shimane case

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The Shimane Prefectural Government confirmed Wednesday that a woman living in Matsue has come down with swine flu, the first infection in the prefecture.

Officials said the woman was in the Philippines from June 25 to Monday with a friend.

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