June 7th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
5 years ago

New Orleans mayor quarantined in China

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was on a flight with a passenger who is suspected of having the H1N1 swine flu virus.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was on a flight with a passenger who is suspected of having the H1N1 swine flu virus.

(CNN) - New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Ray Nagin, who traveled to China on an economic development trip, has been quarantined after possible exposure to the H1N1 virus, his office confirmed Sunday.

Nagin flew on a plane that also carried a passenger who is being treated for symptoms suspected to be from the virus, commonly known as swine flu, the mayor's office said in a statement.

Nagin, his wife and a member of his security detail have been quarantined in Shanghai, though all three remain symptom free, the statement said.

"The mayor is being treated with utmost courtesy by Chinese officials," the statement said.

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  1. makesUwonder

    One could only wish that China keeps Mayor Ray Nagin over there forever.

    June 7, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Steve, Columbia SC

    I just wish New Orleans had quarantined him properly when Katrina hit and he stole everyone's firearms that would have enabled them to protect themselves...................

    June 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Keep him.

    June 7, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Mazzy

    Ha! Right On!

    June 7, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Jenper1

    I agree!!

    June 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. paddle007

    Wonder how much the Chinese would charge us to keep him? New Orleans needs positive energy and change, not Nagin. I'm from the area, I see it first hand.

    June 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. OH SNAP

    LOL you owe me a new keyboard makesUwonder.

    June 7, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. commonsense

    If only China were as concerned about tainted products they export.

    June 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Jim

    Maybe they'll keep that worthless piece of stuff. China can have him. He can make all the Chinese "chocolate" like he wants New Orleans to be.

    June 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Just Facts

    Funny, however I wish the United States would take this a little more serious expecially when it comes to children...

    This country is still young and resists to learn...

    June 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. nola

    Can we pay them to keep him?

    June 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. joe m

    they can keep him.

    June 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. leavehimtherepermanently

    Please keep him China. No one wants him in Louisiana.

    June 7, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Christian

    This HAS to be a statement from one of the hundreds of various non-white ethnics groups on the planet Earth!

    June 7, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. cycleden

    Can we send Villaraigosa over there too?

    June 7, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Seriously...

    China, you can have him. No, really. We insist. We'll keep Yao Ming and let's just call it even. Cool?

    Countdown for this to be somehow blamed on Bush/Cheney as well, nearly four years on. Nothing surprises me at this point.

    June 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Well, that's riot idn't it? I mean it's also a bit disturbing really, but still.

    I actually hope he comes back with a bit more humility, but all in all... ;).

    You all DO realize they'll be doing this to US dignitaries next right? I'm sure they feel there's enough humility to go round. Or have you all convinced yourselves that this is just a happy little coincidence?

    June 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. george

    @ makesUwonder:

    Do you think you are clever? Or are you just a bigot?

    June 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Ray in NJ

    China is overly cautious about the swine flu. Guess they (over) learned the lesson from SARS.

    June 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. A Rothman

    He can stay there. He got off easy for his part of the Katrina fiasco. It's amazing that they re-elected him. Poor leadership + poor planning = citizens dead.

    June 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. HC Republican

    Maybe they would take Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh forever as well!

    June 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. sad

    unfortunately, they're too smart for that

    June 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. skyhawkdriver

    Ok ray..now you've got something else to blame on bush..I bet even the chinese don't want him

    June 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. kathy

    Have to agree with makesUwonder. Who needs him. He was
    totally useless during the most diastrous storm in their history.
    Keep him where he is.

    June 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. john semour

    Agree with the comment above. I join many in saying, please keep him in China!

    June 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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