Tassie teen in Korean swine flu quarantine

NORTHERN Tasmanian teenager Jesse Stone is a member of the Australian under- 21 lacrosse squad that has been placed in swine flu quarantine in South Korea. Stone and the rest of the team and coaching staff could spend the next seven days in isolation in single rooms at a hotel because one player has suspected swine flu. Victorian Kade Robinson was taken to a hospital after an infra-red camera at Seoul Airport detected he had an elevated temperature . There are 24 members in the team. While some show no signs of the H1N1 virus, South Korean health authorities are still insisting they are quarantined. In Tasmania, the number of confirmed swine flu cases jumped by 10 to 26 yesterday. State health authorities said today marks the start of a crucial point in the fight to contain the outbreak as thousands of Tasmanian children return to school. Yesterday, Jesse Stone's father, Rod, of Greens Beach, said that the Asia Pacific Games were scheduled to start tomorrow and his son and teammates were shattered they would no longer be able to compete. "The tournament officials were trying to delay the start of the tournament by one day so all of the players except Kade could take the field," he said. "But even though the South Korean Government has given the players Tamiflu, they will need at least three days in isolation. "All the kids are upset because they were hoping to use this tournament as a launching pad to get them into American universities to play lacrosse." Jesse Stone has already secured a scholarship to play for Lindenwood University, in Missouri, and leaves Australia in August to start his first semester. The players were staying at the Remada Plaza before they were moved to another hotel. Mr Stone said team management had been trying to contact the Australian embassy for assistance. He said that each player had raised around $5500 to make the trip away and could stand to lose the lot. There was a question of whether insurance would cover the players because swine flu was classed as a pandemic that had affected a group and not individuals, according to Mr Stone.

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