K-pop star Kim Hyun-joong, leader of idol group SS501, has been infected with H1N1 influenza and is currently hospitalized in Tokyo. His agency reported that Kim suffered from a high fever and a headache when he was in Yokohama over the weekend for a promotional tour of the TV drama “Boys over Flowers.” Kim was given the antiviral drug Tamiflu and will remain in isolation for about two weeks. His agent said that Kim has improved greatly since taking the drug and is r! esting comfortably. He also said that other members of SS501 are healthy and they will continue to work on a new album due for release in Japan.
Meanwhile, Lee Min-ho and Koo Hye-sun, Kim’s co-stars in the drama, also took part in the Yokohama promotional event with Kim, but have not shown any symptoms of the new flu. Kim is the first celebrity to have caught the disease. H1N1 influenza has already claimed four lives in Korea and affected over 6,200 Koreans.