June 7th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
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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. Keep Him for a couple weeks

    China can use a little "chocolate."

    June 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Get Real

    Come on now. He showed great leadership during Hurricane Katrina!!

    June 7, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. BCS

    Wishing the Honorable Mayor Nagin and his entourage a quick and safe return to the United States. Take care of the Mayor Govt. of China.

    June 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. josh

    great news for the chocolate city.

    June 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Can we send them Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cneney and Hannity too?

    June 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Philip L. McCleary

    With any luck they will lock him up over there and throw away the key.

    Phil

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

    What a riot !!! I agree...keep that crook in china, and feed him lead paint !!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Rick

    Yes, I agree let China keep him..

    June 7, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Porter

    That's what you get for trying to make China "Chocolate."

    Please feel free to keep him as long as you wish.

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

    Economic development? You've got to be kidding. It was a vacation at the taxpayer's expense and nothing more.

    June 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Harry Widdifield

    Yes Makesuwonder.... (sarcastic) how dare a politician be passionate about seeing his city go to ruin whilst his government do all they can to screw it up even more. Let's inject him with Botulism! You're an idiot!

    June 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    good place for him...see if he can screw that place up

    June 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. scott

    ... he could start the first International Chocolate City..!!!

    June 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Dawn in Pa

    ha!ha!ha!ha! Is New Orleans back to normal again?"

    June 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Rodney

    Nagin is a clown. He was part to blame for the debacle in New Orleans during Katrina. What business does he have in China regarding economic development? Maybe he will help bring jobs back to the US

    June 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    You wouldn't say that if the shoe was on the other food!

    June 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. djw

    One would wish you were there too and stayed forever. We do not need people like you in America This is a new Beginning for us too!!!!

    June 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. anythingispossible

    I agree, China should keep him. NO would be so much better off to get a mayor in there to really clean up that city. 4 years later and they are still screaming for handouts...shame

    June 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    You wouldn't say that if the show was on the other foot!

    June 7, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. jeb bush

    Only if this was G.W.Bush

    June 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Ifonly

    I'd much prefer they ship Sanford over there

    June 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. uptown guy

    As a NOLA resident, it would be nice for Nagin to just decide to STAY PUT.

    Then we could see some real progress here!

    June 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    No loss here

    June 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. harleyquinn

    I disagree. Ray Nagin has had his ups and downs, but overall, he's been a decent mayor. I do hope he and his wife are able to return home soon.

    June 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. John-Black Hills/SD

    Nagin news is like pet food filler, fills in the pages of a boring Sunday news day.

    June 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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