KBS is reporting that six American English teachers have been confirmed with the swine flu, and seven others who lived in the same housing are showing suspicious symptoms. Three Korean youngsters returning from New York are also showing suspicious symptoms.
The English teachers in question, recruited by a hagwon in Seoul, are believed to have been infected while they were undergoing training from May 18 to 22, acting as a team and living in the same place. Another seven teachers with high fevers and runny noses are undergoing tests.
In particular, the teachers enjoyed individual free time when their training hours ended, leading to fears of secondary transmissions.
Meanwhile, the children of a family returning from New York on Sunday morning are being isolated at a hospital as presumed cases — the ages of the children are eight, four and two. Health authorities are looking for other passengers on the same flight.
If these children and the seven English teachers are confirmed cases, it would raise the number of swine flu cases in Korea to 20.