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Summer camp at China military academy canceled, new flu blamed.

HONG KONG, July 14 Kyodo

A summer camp held by the famous Huangpu Military Academy in southern China's Guangdong Province has been canceled amid fears of a mass outbreak of the new influenza, the academy confirmed Tuesday.

Parents of cadets enrolled in the 15-day youth summer camp, which began Sunday, were summoned to take home their children a day later, after at least 123 cadets developed fever, the mainland Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

In a video clip broadcast on the daily's website, about a dozen cadets were seen being treated in a hospital, lying in bed while hooked up to intravenous drips.

Hong Kong's Cable TV quoted Guangdong's provincial health department spokesman Feng Shaomin as saying at least 14 cadets tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

The conditions of the cadets were not immediately known.

An official at the academy's enrollment office, who was identified by the surname Liang, told Kyodo News that the summer camp has been canceled and will not be rescheduled, but she declined to further comment on the outbreak.

The Health Ministry said as of Monday, there were 1,354 confirmed cases of new flu in the mainland.

Hong Kong's health authorities said there were 1,389 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, including a Filipino woman who remains in critical condition since her admission to hospital last Tuesday.

No deaths have been reported in either mainland China or Hong Kong.
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Date:Jul 20, 2009
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