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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 March, 2003, 14:47 GMT
Suspected bug victim 'has flu'
Nigel Glassey
Nigel Glassey is no longer being treated in isolation
A man believed to have contracted a mystery pneumonia bug is actually suffering from Asian influenza.

Doctors had feared that Nigel Glassey, 64, of Hale Barns, Cheshire had been struck down with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

There have been about 300 cases of the flu-like bug reported across the world.

Doctors at the North Manchester General Hospital, where Mr Glassey was being treated, confirmed on Friday that he was not suffering from the bug.

Mr Glassey had recently returned from Hong Kong, where the majority of cases have been reported.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "Tests done at the Public Health Laboratory in London confirm that the cause of Mr Glassey's illness is Asian influenza.

"As a result of this and Mr Glassey's continuing improvement, he no longer needs to be cared for in the specialist isolation unit, but will continue to be nursed in a side room."

The spokeswoman added that Mr Glassey and his 66-year-old wife were both relieved at the news.

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