Chinese man held over fake H1N1 swine flu medicine

SHANGHAI (Xinhua) — Chinese border police Tuesday arrested a man for selling fake influenza A/H1N1 medicine to foreign ship crews in Shanghai, the first such case in the city.

The man, surnamed Liu, is a rural migrant worker from central China’s Hunan Province, police said.

Liu confessed that he wanted to cash in on the fears over the fast-spreading A/H1N1 flu to sell so called “miracle” medicine to foreign crews at the Shanghai port.

A tip-off at around 9 a.m. led to the arrest on a Panama-flagged ship and the medicine was fake Tamiflu, sold during the avian influenza outbreaks, police said.

If any foreign crew members showed flu symptoms, they should see doctors rather than believe some so-called “miracle” medicine, police added

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