China denies singling out Mexicans for quarantine

Beijing on Monday denied discriminating against Mexicans by quarantining them as a safeguard against swine flu, while the Latin American country said it was sending a plane to China to bring back its citizens. Mexico is upset because Chinese health officials have quarantined more than 70 Mexican travelers even though some are apparently not at risk for the virus. In one case, a Mexican couple and their three small children were rousted from their hotel room at 4 a.m. and transported to a hospital, said Jorge Guajardo, the Mexican ambassador to Beijing. None of those in isolation has presented symptoms and most had no contact with infected persons or places, he said.