Family quarantined in China for H1N1 flu

June 25, 2009 7:34:58 PM PDT
A Bay Area family returned from China from a vacation that hardly went as planned. They got caught up in the swine flu scare.

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John and Nancy Woo, their three sons and their families just got back from China. This extended family of 15 did not exactly get the trip they paid for.

Instead of their five city itinerary, they ended up being quarantined for the H1N1 virus in Beijing, the first stop of their 16-day trip.

John and Nancy Woo planned the visit because they wanted their family to discover their roots.

"I was the one who thought my grandchildren should be able to identify there is Chinese in them," said John Woo.

The Woos and six family members left first on June 10th. When their plane arrived in Beijing, health authorities made everyone take their temperatures.

A nearby passenger had a fever.

"Three rows front, three row back, anybody associated in that area, they all were pulled," said Nancy Woo.

That included the Woo family who were quarantined in a hotel. The remaining seven Woo's arrived the next day.

They too were eventually quarantined after 13-year-old Marisa came down with a fever. She was the only one taken to a hospital.

"I never felt so lonely and because it was a different country and I didn't know how to speak the language," said Marisa Woo.

Those quarantined at a hotel passed time away creatively.

We started a scavenger hunt with the kids. We did bowling with empty water bottles that they gave you," said Cletus Woo.

They had names for their hotel.

"Hotel quarantine, inmate 6370 which was my room number," said Cliff Woo.

The Woos spent their entire two weeks in china quarantined. They'll have to see the sights on their next trip, if there is one.

"You want to go back to China?" asked ABC7's Vic Lee.

"Not real fast, not soon," said Cliff Woo.

We asked the Chinese consulate for a response. Their answer -- China takes the swine flu seriously.

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