June 7th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. Mark

    Can the keep him for the rest of his term? Guess it is just wishful thinking.

    June 7, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. jona

    no chocolate cities in China!

    June 7, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. gtommer

    Bwahahaha. At the end of the day, it will be a chocolate China. What a moron

    June 7, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. George

    I'm all for China keeping Mayor Ray Nagin for as long as they want to keep him. 10-15 years would be nice!

    June 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Chris Meyers

    Try all that race baiting racial profing garbage in China. They'll give you a 3rd class ticket and drop you in sub saharan Africa haha God bless the Chinese. One culture that is not affected by the PC culture.

    June 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Sarah

    On the taxpayer dime, no doubt. I see no reason why the mayer of NOLA would need to go to China for the citizens of NOLA.

    June 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Gwats

    I thought Nagin was the mayor of New Orleans! Is his City in such great shape now he can now jet off to China? How about some economic development @ HOME in Louisiana? He's ducking his responsibilities at home.
    And who PAID for that trip?

    June 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. David Harper

    To "MakesUwonder" – whether you agree with Mayor Nagin on issues or disagree, whether you like him or don't, your comment is hateful and reflects upon your own character – or lack thereof.

    June 7, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Bill

    Keep him there. He likes being where citizens don't have any rights.

    June 7, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Uncle Al

    I began to scratch the gravel, on my all fours I did travel,
    I rambled down the road the best I could.
    When I awoke next morning, just as the day was dawning,
    I was in a hog pen away out in the woods.
    Then the hogs began to grumble, I started and I stumbled,
    I fell right in their midst and there I lay.
    Then one by one they started, 'till all the herd departed,
    Yes, every hog got up and walked away.
    "You can tell a man felonious by his company harmonious,"
    And the pigs got up and slowly walked away.

    June 7, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Kevin

    I second that. Wish they would keep him there. He's just a disgusting boil on the city of New Orleans.

    June 7, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. New Orleans Rachel

    Chocolate City, China. Sounds good.

    June 7, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. DaBird

    With Ray in China, who's going to run the corrupt city of New Orleans?

    June 7, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. MK

    Maybe they will keep him?

    June 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Peggy

    You are right he surely isn't worth much, what a loser Nagin is.

    June 7, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. lee

    This is hilarious! I love it.

    June 7, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. should do that to N.O. city

    the whole city needs that

    June 7, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Anne-


    Thank you so much...I was about to write something, then I said to myself..."if it isn't nice don't write it"....hahahahaha!

    You've done it for me. Thank you....

    I just don't like this guy...since Katrina!!! So he can remain in quarantine indefinetly!!!

    June 7, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. pollo

    How can New Orleans afford to send him and his wife to China?

    June 7, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Amanda

    To makesUwonder: stay in your cave !

    June 7, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. banks

    Now why couldn't cheney and rush be over there and stay there we would be happy if they were on that flight

    June 7, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. DawnL,CA

    He should stay there in case they have a hurricane in China. He could shower them with his expertise.

    June 7, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Matt, Chico, CA

    Can they keep him?

    June 7, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. whaley41

    New Orleans regains the title of murder capital of the country at 57-64 murders per 100,000 and he leaves the country. Way to go Ray!

    June 7, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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