As you might be aware, a group of 25 Curtin students and their lecturer who are were on a study tour in Beijing, China, have been placed into quarantine as some of them have become infected with the H1N1 influenza virus (Swine Flu).
Currently the lecturer, five students and a local guide are infected and are in isolation in hospital. All of them are doing well and recovering. The remaining students do not have symptoms but are under quarantine in a hotel.
The University is working with International SOS (ISOS) and the relevant authorities, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Chinese Government, and medical authorities, to ensure that the group is receiving the best care and support possible.
Through ISOS, Curtin has appointed an independent medical doctor to regularly monitor those in hospital within the limitations of the regulations. Those in hospital have also been provided with laptops and mobile phones for external communication.
Curtin is also in hourly contact with the students quarantined in the hotel and is ensuring that all their needs are met. The students have already been in contact with their families in Australia and are able to have regular communication with them. The University is working to ensure that the students are able to leave China and return to Australia as soon as they have been cleared to do so.