(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The six-year-old boy left alone in Shenzhen, China, when his father died of the flu-like illness sweeping Asia is staying in the hospital and spoke to his mother on the phone yesterday.
Mickey Salisbury is not believed to have severe acute respiratory syndrome, the disease that killed his father, James Salisbury. But he is being closely watched at North District Hospital in Hong Kong.
The family had earlier received conflicting reports about whether the boy had the disease. His lungs are now clear and the family believes he had the flu, not S-A-R-S.
James Salisbury moved to China with Mickey about a year ago to teach English. His wife and five-year-old triplet girls stayed in Orem, Utah, but had considered joining him in Shenzhen. He also had four children from a previous marriage.
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