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Wausau West teacher quarantined in China following contact with H1N1

by Natalie Sparacio

Beijing, China (WAOW)-- A Wausau West teacher is quarantined in China, after being on a flight with a person who was diagnosed with the H1-N1 Virus.

Michael Berglund, a history teacher, went to China to adopt an 18 month old girl.

His trip from Toyko to Beijing took a surprising turn on Monday, as a person on his flight was confirmed as having swine flu.

Due to health concerns, the Chinese government quarantined him and the 300 other airline passengers to guest quarters for a week.

Michael says, "...Chinese government came and got us at about 2:30 a.m., woke us up out of bed an they were standing outside our room with hazmat suits on.. all covered up and everything and they gave us 15 minutes to pack and took us away to quarantine.. so that's the latest until we get out of quarantine here."

Michael plans on being back in Wisconsin on Monday or Tuesday.

He says government officials are treating them wonderfully, bringing them fresh flowers and fruit on a daily basis.

Michael says people have been passing time by playing cards and learning Tai Chi.

When they leave their guest rooms they all wear masks and have to wash their hands with disinfectant. They're temperature is checked twice daily.

Michael says he hopes this doesn't discourage anyone from traveling internationally, they are making the most of their time, and are anxious to get home with their new daughter.

Here's a link to Michael's Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/wenjuan

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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