Haddenham Teenager Is One Of The UK Students Quarantined In Beijing

PUBLISHED: 13:40 21 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 04 May 2010

Caitlin Breeze

Caitlin Breeze

A TEENAGER from Haddenham is one of the UK students in swine flu quarantine in China. Caitlin Breeze, 17, was on school trip with Impington Village College as part of her International Baccalaureate studies when one of her fellow travellers was taken ill

A TEENAGER from Haddenham is one of the UK students in swine flu quarantine in China.

Caitlin Breeze, 17, was on school trip with Impington Village College as part of her International Baccalaureate studies when one of her fellow travellers was taken ill with a high temperature. Caitlin's family are all concerned for her but say she is being well-looked after by the Chinese authorities.

The students and their teachers are being kept in a four-star hotel in Beijing and have been told they must remain there for seven days.

Caitlin's father Chris, 51, said: "The Chinese have been very, very good. From what we understand, a girl from another school had a high temperature and was confirmed with swine flu and so the rest of the group was put in quarantine. Caitlin said the Chinese have been very helpful and sympathetic. They have all been given laptops so they can email home. Obviously, she is upset."

Caitlin flew out to the Far East on Tuesday and was due to explore China over a 14-day trip. The group was to spend four days in Beijing before making the two-hour flight to Shaanxi Province to see the famed Terracotta Warriors. They were also going to meet a Chinese family, learn the language and study calligraphy as part of the cultural tour.

Mr Breeze, his wife Carol, 51, and their younger daughter, Carys, 16, received news from China on Monday morning that Caitlin was in quarantine.

Mr Breeze said: "One of Caitlin's teacher's, Yannick Crespy, called us at about 10.30am and said 'Sorry, we have been put in quarantine'. It's just one of those things. It's just a shame that they have gone all that way and won't get to do all the things they had planned.

"The hotel staff have been fantastic and are doing their best for them. I think the students are making the most of it. Virtually anything they want, they can have."

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the British Council and Chinese organisation Hanban.


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