China’s anti-H1N1 efforts

This item appears on page 19 of the November 2009 issue.

Regarding the 2009-H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic, the Department of State alerts those traveling to China that government-imposed quarantine in a hospital or facility remains a possibility there.

From May to August 2009, there were reports of thousands of quarantined US citizens. Since September, such reports have been infrequent. 

All foreign travelers are obliged to follow local procedures regarding any public health-related measures. US officials are unable to influence the duration of stay in quarantine for affected travelers.